Heikki Suonsivu wrote:
I need to get something to run on x86 computers which do not contain
math in hardware, and FreeBSD dropped non-math cpus long time ago.
NetBSD did the same, so Linux seems to be the only possibility.
So, the question:
What is the linux distro which is closest to FreeBSD in terms of
installation and use. A linux with basic userland and ports(-like)
system, and quick and easy install like FreeBSD ?
I don't think you will have much luck installing any modern linux distro
on ancient hardware. In your case, I would consider running an older
version of FreeBSD, like e.g. 4.11. This will work without a math
co-processor. You can see the hardware notes here:
Download from ftp-archive, here:
See also this very interesting post on minimum memory requirements for
each FreeBSD version:
I have a 4.11 installed successfully on a 386 with 20Mb RAM.
You could also go with a Linux version specifically for old PCs, but
better have a look at distrowatch.com for these.
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