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Posted: Jan. 11 2006,19:52 QUOTE

I've got an older machine (it WAS something called a "DrBonD" box from NEC).  The nice thing about it is that it has lots of serial ports and a built-in ethernet port.  All I want to do is make a small mail machine out of it and maybe a printer spooler.  The problem:  It maxes out at 16Mb of memory, and the CPU is a 386SX (yes, I know it won't go very fast!).  Previously I've put a 2.0 kernel on it (no GUI stuff, only text mode) and it works "OK" (slow, but OK).  Now I'm thinking that DSL might work as a more modern "replacement".  The questions:  How would I complile the kernel to work on a 386 box?  Has somebody done this before?  Is the task hopeless?  The box is nice in that it is a low profile form factor, and has a nice two line LCD display (with a couple of buttons) on the front (which I can get working!).  Any pointers/hints would be helpful.  Thanks.
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Posted: Jan. 11 2006,21:08 QUOTE

I can't see a DSL derivative working well in that environment.  You may want to check out the Super Ant "Small Linux" project.

Or Basic Linux:
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Posted: Jan. 12 2006,02:39 QUOTE

SX has no math co-processor DSL wont run on a machine without a math co-processor


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