Installing Ubuntu from floppy disk?

John Dangler jdangler at
Sun Nov 25 07:02:33 UTC 2007

Depending on the size of the drive, you could -
max the ram in the machine (please, god, make it be at least to 256Mb)
if it isn't you can always still find RAM doublers out there
Add a NIC card to the machine.
P2P a *good* machine to it
do a remote install...

Might that do the trick?

(of course, graphics might be a bit of work to get a GUi running, flux is mighty light)

On Sun, 2007-11-25 at 01:43 -0500, Scott (angrykeyboarder) wrote:
> Ashley Benton spake thusly :
> > Hi,
> > I have a very old computer using windows 3.1 and not really working. I
> > wanted to install Ubuntu on it for my son. This computer has only a
> > floppy drive and apparently no programs to go on internet. Is it
> > possible to install Ubuntu from floppy disks? How do I create the floppy
> > disks? If I try to move a copy of my ubuntu cd inside the floppy disk,
> > Ubuntu tells me that there is not enough space. Any advice would be
> > welcome.
> >
> Your biggest problem is the fact that the computer originally ran
> Windows 3.1 (or perhaps even was an upgrade from strictly DOS before that).
> Nothing from that era is going to accommodate the vast majority of
> modern Linux distributions.  Considering a single CD holds up to 700 MB
> of *compressed* files you're probably going to run into problems.
> The last computer I had running Windows 3.1 was a 486 with *8* Mb of RAM
> and a 350 Mb hard drive (circa 1993). It did have a CD-ROM drive but
> that is meaningless in this case.  There is no way it would meet the
> requirements to run Ubuntu (or Fedora, SUSE, Debian, Mandriva......).
> If you do find a Linux distro that will work on it (and I'm sure they
> are out there) you're not going to be getting a nice GUI with it (KDE,
> XFCE or -as in Ubuntu- GNOME). It's going to be strictly command line stuff
> Maybe something like twm would run on it? I'm not sure....
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