I am looking for a small install for an old laptop. I have an old but
quite reliable Toshiba 330CDT that used to be my personal laptop. I ran
FBSD 3.x/4.x on it for years but it has been wiped and in a closet for
years. I want to use it again just to access a few web forums and read
my email. I don't do POV RAY or 3D, I don't need Open Office, I don't
watch any Tubes. Mutt, Fluxbox and a minimal browser would make me happy.

I don't have the time or inclination to roll my own again. PCBSD can't
finish the install due to only having 96mb of memory. Desktop BSD wants
more than 4gb of drive space just to complete the install.

I currently have 98SE on it only consuming 300mb and it runs fine, but
it's 98SE ;^) Does anyone know of anything ready to install? BSD, Linux,
I don't care.

Is there a reason a standard installation of FreeBSD 4/6/7 won't work for you? Just do a minimal install of the OS from CD or network then install [parts of] X, fluxbox, and your other apps from ports or packages and away you go. You could weigh the benefits [possible memory savings] of compiling your own kernel against the time and disk space required, but you shouldn't ever have to build world or ports unless you feel so inclined, especially now that freebsd-update is part of the base system.


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