Joined: Dec. 2003
||Posted: Dec. 12 2003,16:34
I have an old p90 here I'm trying to turn into a ADSL usb router with x client and browser. 32mb RAM.
I'm using a 64mb compact flash card since that's silent.
I don't expect to be able to do this straight away so here's my plan:
- install onto a slightly bigger (300mb for example) hard drive jus for breathing space
- install a very small distro that includes X, such as DSL
- now add a browser if needed (not needed with DSL)
- add ppp, later kernel with Alcatel USb speedtouch support and alcatel microcode, usb core too. Plug the PCI usb expansion card in.
- use a boot disk initially to boot
- try to transfer everything over to the 64mb CF disk. If space runs out external storage such via the spare USB slot could be possible.
- able to browse web silently
- router is always on but silent
- more demanding programs can be accessed by ssh and XDISPLAY variable or stronger once that's working. server in another room or cupboard.
- rdesktop or vnc to access Windows box in another room
Possible problems, can you advise? :
- DSL too big with ppp support and the like or won't be easy to add
- DSL needs a swap partition
- "create a 200mb partition to start with" <- a requirement?
Can you advise as to whether DSL is the right thing to start with for this? The other possibility I'm considering is Gentoo but that looks fairly problematic too.