Help! (486 setup advice) (fwd)

John Abreau jabr at
Tue Feb 22 13:16:50 EST 2000

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Date: Sun, 20 Feb 2000 13:26:51 -0500
From: Charlie Wang <charliewang at>
To: jabr at
Cc: charliewang at
Subject: Help!


I'd like to use Linux as a Networking tool to run on my old PC.

I have a 486PC. I'd like to know the minimum hardware/software
requirements on my PC before I want to do anything. I bought my PC in
1992/93. It is a 486 IBM compatible PC (I guess it has Intel processor),
has only 100 Mb Hard drive space, and 4 Mb RAM and it runs Window 3.1
before. Also, How many slots should I need to install Ethernet Cards ?
(I was told I need 2 slots available)

Can I use this PC to run Linux and use as a Gateway or NAT? I don't want
it to be as a Web server (It couldn't!)

I appreciate your help and any tips you may have.

Thanks a lot,

Charlie Wang

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