Proof of concept box with 8mB RAM

David Kelly dkelly at
Mon Aug 28 01:26:47 UTC 2006

On Aug 27, 2006, at 4:35 PM, hackmiester (Hunter Fuller) wrote:

> Everyone will laugh at this, but I have an old box with a 25mHz  
> processor or so. It has 8mB of memory. I want to install some type  
> of UNIX clone on it, as a proof of concept. I don't care if it's  
> linux, freebsd, or something else, but I need something that will  
> run with enough speed to run an sshd and not much else. It will  
> just be to prove that old hardware can still be used. Any suggestions?

Haven't booted it in a long time but have FreeBSD 2.1.0 or 2.1.5 on a  
16 MHz 386sx16 with 4 MB of RAM.

Has an 8 bit NE2000 NIC which required the NFS window be reduced to  
1k or so. I used this as a "portable FreeBSD netinstall box" back in  
the bad old days before I could afford a CD-R, or even have CD-ROM on  
many machines.

David Kelly N4HHE, dkelly at
Whom computers would destroy, they must first drive mad.

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