[Rule] Introduction

chris at idlelion.net chris at idlelion.net
Thu Feb 15 21:40:11 EET 2007


My name is Chris Schumann, and I heard about the Rule project on the 
Fedora developers mailing list.

I am a software developer, but have not done any work on a FOSS project.

I am mainly interested in getting a version of Fedora running on my 
ThinkPad 750P, which is a very old machine. It has a 33MHz 486 CPU, 36MB 
RAM, and right now a 2GB hard disk.

Ideally, I want all of its peripherals to work, which I understand will 
take some doing. The sound chip (CS4248) should work, but it never worked 
on linux before. The video chip is the ubiquitous WD90C24, which is no 
longer supported by X.org.

The 750P also has a pen, as it is a tablet machine.

I have had Slackware and Debian running on it, but I am a long-time Red 
Hat and Fedora user. I didn't know how to maintain those other systems, 
and didn't want to invest more time into them. I tried Gentoo, and after 
compiling things for 20 days or so, it never worked.

I made my own FC6 boot floppies, but Anaconda just won't run in 36MB RAM 
any more. I suppose I could try FC5 or FC4 and upgrading... but even that 
only gets me so far.

This is not a high priority project in my life, but I am fond of the old 
machine (it's my first PC ever), and I'm looking forward to getting her 

How would you folks suggest I start?


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