[Nottingham] Linux in 18 MBytes?

Martin martin at ml1.co.uk
Tue Nov 20 13:38:46 GMT 2007

Alexander Lewis Jones wrote:
> That takes me back - trying to install Yggdrasil on my first PC with

Now that sounds interesting. Did it work?

Penfold Q wrote:
> There are plenty of options for embedded Linux setups in 18 MB RAM. What 
> we need to know is what processor this is (x86, MIPS, PPC, etc) what 
> non-volatile storage you have and how much of it and what sort of apps 
> you intend to run.

I thought it would likely need that.

It's x86 and I can put on as much USB flash as needed.

> If this is a really old white/beige box, you could even run a very 
> cut-down debian but I'd still choose a custom embedded kernel.
> If you're trying to get X11 in 18 MB RAM you'll need a lot of effort and 
> a fair helping of luck.

No X11 needed, no GUI at all in fact. It's just an experiment to see if
I can get a Linux system to run ssh and Boinc-s at h in a terminal to show
off Linux on minimal hardware.

> BTW I'm trying to get together material for a talk on embedded linux and 
> now I have a Linksys WRT54GL router, this makes for a better example to 
> use for why anyone would want to try squeezing the penguin onto such a 
> resource-limited environment. Look out for a talk in the new year, 
> sometime.

Now that sounds very interesting. Can we book you in on the calendar???


Martin Lomas
martin at ml1.co.uk

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