Last article I talked about using a dos disk to access some terminal software. Here is a disk that is allegedly pure linux to act as a terminal. It seemed to work on the old 486 laptop connected to the arch linux based pogoplug, though I did not check it out completely.
About: PiTuX is a floppy based Linux distro that turns an old, low-RAM,
machine in a very useful serial terminal running minicom. Think about
your old laptop as a pure VT102. Features: PiTuX boots from a floppy and runs completely in ram so you can
even have a diskless PC.New: persistent configuration! Configure minicom as you need
and if you want you can have config files stored and saved over reboots.It works from 386, without math coprocessor, up and NEEDS
ONLY 4 MB RAM.It doesn't have any kind of support for hard disks so it will
not mess up data on themMost 386 and 486 can run even without a fan so you can have a
very silent serial te…
What operating system do you put on a legacy Pentium one computer. Let's see Mac os/x will not work. None of the latest Microsoft offerings of 8, 9, or 10 will work. Most linux major linux versions need at least a Pentium II. Enter Slackware 14. You can install it on a Pentium I thereby keeping lots of older computers viable a while longer. They would be good starter computers as a stop gap to keep a IT budget in line. One thing that should mentioned is Slackware can go on a variety of systems including the Raspberry Pi and is definitely not limited to older systems.
Traditionally to install an operating system, you need a cd/dvdrom or a boatload of floppy disks and a hard disk for the operating system to be installed on for each system. We used a compact flash with an ide to compact flash adaptor for the hard drive. We also wanted to avoid all the making of media, though we did need to make a minimal floppy disk to get the install started. On floppy could be used for multiple…