linux memory requirement

Charlie Ross (
Wed, 9 Apr 1997 05:19:21 -0400 (EDT)

What is the MINIMUM ammount of memory to boot linux?
With the kernel survive with just the 640k? (assuming I dont tven think for
a second about using a ramdisk)

have an old 386 (640k)
I need to get it up to limping speed, so that I can test some hardware I'm
developing... Theres no way I'm putting any home-grown cards into my REAL
computer..... so its my 386 testing grounds...
I tried booting my standard kernel and it died b/c < 2mb of mem... but is
there a way to tell it do suck-up and deal with 640?
all I really need is to access the floppy, mfm drive, and read/write to
ports... and more than that is gravy...


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