Pardon the intrusion from my unexperienced self, just a few questions ....

On Sat, Jun 16, 2012 at 8:59 PM, Ulrich Hansen <> wrote:
> I have read that MS Client with MS DOS works OK for you. But if you want to 
> stick with Free Software, why not use a real Samba server together with the 
> FreeDOS/MS Client clients? A Pentium 1 should be enough for that. Download 
> for instance Debian Stable from here:

Eek, 191 MB, and that's not even everything, is it?    :-(

> and when it comes to step "Software selection" choose "File server". This 
> will install Samba.
> Don't install a desktop environment.

Excellent details, even better if it actually works!   ;-)

But does Debian run on i386 [sic] anymore? I thought most people had
(unfortunately) switched to i686 (CMOVxx), e.g. Fedora. Or is Debian
more lenient??

Even if the cpu instructions themselves are compatible (no CMOVxx,
which Pentium 1 lacks), you may not have enough RAM. I don't know for
sure, but everything I had read always seemed to hint that a Pentium
typically couldn't have more than 64 MB, so trying to cram a recent
Debian might be a bit of a stretch, to say the least.

I have no idea of a better solution, unfortunately, only a blind guess
that "maybe"?? Slackware 11.0 (circa 2006), aka ZipSlack, might work?
At least it's easy to install atop DOS (kernel 2.4.x) and is "only" 67
MB .ZIP'd. I'd assume it has lower RAM requirements. Though it's not a
"full" install by any means, but you can add on any extras you need

Well, hopefully everything Ulrich said will "just work" without
worrying about all this extra stuff. Good luck!

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