I've tried DSL on my Pentium 166 16 Mb RAM laptop (Extensa 390) and it works!
Now, I'm using this machine to make data adquisition and temperature controlling.
My favorite compiler (and programming language) is FreePascal. I've copied some files from a Debian woody installation to make this work, and it works.
Copied files was:
as (to /usr/bin , from binutils package)
ld (to /usr/bin , from binutils package)
libbfd-22.214.171.124.1.so (to /usr/lib called from as or ld ?)
libvga.so.1 (to /usr/lib )
libvgagl.so.1 (to /usr/lib )
libvga.config (to /etc/vga )
Now I can compile and run all my freepascal/vgalib/data adquisition source code.
Also, I'm in talk with the Monkey web server's developers team to get my freepascal cgi applications running in the DSL. Then, this box will be a full web based data adquisition system.
DSL is the best GNU/Linux distribution for old hardware, and therefore, the best GNU/Linux for data adquisition.
FreePascal has no problem with a tar.gz installation.
as, ld and the vga libs could be distributed as an add-on or something.
Excuse my english.
Good work ! Excellent work !