[ubuntu-za] Very old computers

Bill Cairns cairnsww at gmail.com
Sun Apr 19 18:38:45 BST 2009

Thanks Alf - I have down loaded it and will try it. It looks like a
very useful emergency disk - but I am not quite sure that it is usable
as a general purpose OS. Let's see.

On Sun, Apr 19, 2009 at 10:54 AM, Alf Stockton <alf at stockton.co.za> wrote:
> Bill Cairns wrote:
>> Our computer club (here in Kokanje - far in the bushveld) has been
>> given, over time, a lot of very old computers. We have eight which may
>> still work, but which are so old that it is difficult to know what to
>> do with them. They are all "pre-pentium", most do not have CD drives
>> of any sort while some (two I think)  have ancient CD readers.  Don't
>> ask about USB ports. None of the disk drives seem to work, but we do
>> have some spare disks that might be compatible.
>> Can I make a bootable Xubuntu stiffy? Or is a stiffy just too small?
>> Any other ideas?
>> There is an insatiable demand for cheap computers up here. But of
>> course, they must work!
> Try http://www.toms.net/rb/ for "The most GNU/Linux on 1 floppy disk.". I have
> used it for ages, mostly as a rescue tool, and it has always given me good
> service. My current challenge is to find a current computer that includes a
> floppy/stiffy drive so I will have to stick to CDs.......:-)
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> Alf Stockton            www.stockton.co.za
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