Proof of concept box with 8mB RAM

Nikolas Britton nikolas.britton at
Mon Aug 28 02:36:12 UTC 2006

On 8/27/06, David Kelly <dkelly at> wrote:
> 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.

You could try FreeBSD 2.2.9! It was released April 1st 2006.

"Releases which are published from a -STABLE branch will be supported
by the Security Officer for a minimum of 12 months after the release."

So technically it's a current and fully supported release of
FreeBSD!!! hahahaha! :-0

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