On Thu, 28 Oct 1999 08:17:31 -0400, boldt@ca.ibm.com wrote:

>Hi Don!  You're getting me worried - my wife has been bugging me
>for months to install Linux on her 486-66 box!
>Probably the best place to get advice is on one of the
>comp.os.linux.* newsgroups.  If you bought your RedHat Linux
>from RedHat, you are entitled to a couple of months of support
>from them.
>When I put Linux (RH 5.1) on my P-II machine, the trickiest part
>was configuring the disk partitions right.  There were two
>different disk partitioning programs I had to use - neither
>could do all the necessary things alone.  My setup uses OS/2's
>boot manager to select between OS/2 and Linux.  All of that was
>described fully in the RedHat installation book.  (I believe
>co-existence with an MS OS is trickier, though.)
>The toughest part of the process was learning how to use Linux
>once it was installed.
>Cheers!  Hans

I installed Linux on both of my old 486 boxes (80MHz & 120MHz). The only real
trick was to use "standard" equipment. It's still a good idea to check the
Linux hardware compatiblity list. I had a non-standard CD-ROM that was fun to
get recognized.

The only machine which I had any real problems installing Linux was on an IBM
PS/2 (486) with MCA bus. Be default, Linux does not support the MCA bus, so
you would need to compile a kernel for MCA or get a MCA-capable distribution.
I have not installed Linux on that machine yet.

There is an address for Red-Hat's Linux discussion list at RedHat's web site:

As for learning Linux, any books by O'Riley & Associates are excellent:
_Running Linux_ by Matt Welsh and Lar Kaufman, _Essential System
Administration_ by Aeleen Frisch, and _TCP/IP Network Administration_ by Craig
Hunt are staples in my library.

"Why, you can even hear yourself think." --Hobbes
"This is making me nervous. Let's go in." --Calvin
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