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  Tales of Rescuing Old Hardware
Subject:   Debian
Date:   2005-05-09 16:11:43
From:   krezel
Debian is also a great distro for rescuing old machines. You can do a network install using packages from the web using only a few floppies.

And using "debootstrap" (Debian Boostrap) you don't even need a floppy drive. If you can mount the hard drive in a machine with Debian running on it, you can use debootstrap to install a minimal bootable version of Debian with apt-get installed so you can build up from there.

I installed Debian on an old Fujitsu Stylistic 2300 using a USB hard drive case. After removing the hard drive and putting it in the USB case, I just dumped a base system on it using debootstrap, installed SSH, and configured the network settings. Then it was as simple as logging in over SSH and finishing the job.

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  • Debian
    2005-08-17 00:58:22  ozziehorst [View]

    I just bought a Stylistic 2300 and intend to run Debian on it. Could you please give me a few tips regarding configuration of power management and stylus/tablet functionality? (e.g. a X configuration file would be much appreciated too)
    • Debian
      2006-05-01 02:41:45  burritoblanco [View]

      Switch to the testing or unstable branch, which now includes xorg. It has a driver (fpit) for the touchscreen. APM also works fine. Suspend2 should work. In the bios, set the power switch to power off (not suspend) and suspend type to ram, not disk, as there will be no Fujitsu-specific partition for the bios to try to suspend to.