[Tiny-tux] [sf-lug] Browser on 486

Brian Morris cymraegish at gmail.com
Wed Nov 9 01:07:59 UTC 2011

On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 3:47 PM, Wladyslaw Zbikowski <
embeddedlinuxguy at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 6:29 PM, Ronald Cotoni <setient at gmail.com> wrote:
> > recompiled kernel (the kernel needs to be recompiled to use WAY less
> ram).
> >  twm uses ~800kbytes of ram which is completely doable on a 486.
> Good point, I'm thinking CONFIG_EMBEDDED and
> I have heard that -Os is actually faster on old machines anyway (perhaps
due to the low speed of the RAM)

> It would be useful to have lynx/links as a backup, but most people
> prefer a graphical browser for everyday use. Conceivably one could run
> X to just launch a single fullscreen browser window and no window
> manager, if X were absolutely needed for some reason.

links2 (FORKED from links) works very fast in graphical mode.

it appears that X wants 32MB RAM but maybe some of that in kernel.

I have experience with Mac of same vintage and I can testify that there are
72pin simms in larger sizes that work well beyond what the original specs
said, That is there are 64MB and 128MB card. Useful to have one if you can.

In NetBSD the Xserver for Mac is configured to run in Black and White which
makes it a Lot faster than Xorg which won't do that. I forget if Xorg even
allows 8 bit color anymore, but anyway you might look into building Xfree86.

Don't be afraid of distcc.

Good Luck, break a leg.


p.s. have a look at tomsrtbt, its fun

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