Cheap and cheerful client
mjvalent "at" bj-224.rh.uchicago.edu
Thu, 30 Apr 1998 19:38:06 +0000
My experience in this regard has been running a 386-16 and a 386-40, both
with 8 Mb RAM and 1 Mb Video RAM. X performance is slow for the color
SVGA server and only mildly better for B&W. I would suggest forgoing X
for the SVGA viewer. And still have 8 Mb; most 386 boards take 30 pin,
1Mb SIMMS of which there is currently a surplus (if you need some, contact
Also, use a 1.x kernel. 2.x is nicer but unnecessarily larger for your
purposes (will VNC run under 1.x?)
On Thu, 30 Apr 1998, Dr. Joel M. Hoffman wrote:
> >I'm very interested in building the smallest and cheapest PC possible for an
> >educational environment, e.g. using left over 40mb hard disks, upgraded 386
> >boards, and wonder if this is a possibility.
> There's no reason you can't run Linux and X on a '386 with a 40mb HD.
> The only catch is you'll want 8 MB of RAM. (Such a machine, except
> with a larger HD for Web files, is my main mail/WWW machine.) If you
> use the SVGA viewer, you might be able to get by with 4MB.
> (joel "at" exc.com)