Installing Linux Mint on 256MB RAM without an alternative install CD (text based)
BY webmaster
11 years ago
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We recently had to install GNU/Linux on 40 computers at the regional Police Training College(PTC), Trivandrum. This was part of a Free Software Training Program that PTC is conducting currently for police personnel in Kerala. Zyxware was proudly part of this initiative both in training and in setting up GNU/Linux GNU/Linux on all 40 computers in the training lab. We had also prepared Linux Mint cds to be given to the trainees given their non-technical backgrounds.

Linux Mint is a very good distro for a first time GNU/Linux user as it comes pre-packaged with all what you want to get up and going. It is true that the distro actually packages proprietary codecs with the cd but that is something that we can enlighten the user about once they start using it. Linux Mint does not have an alternate installer like Ubuntu does and we were expecting at least 512MB in the machines.

However all the machines in the lab had only 256MB RAM each. The live CD booted fine but we could not get the installer up and going given the 256MB RAM. We had no other option and give this a shot by tweaking around the set of running programs. We finally got around to getting the installer up and going by doing the following

1) Taking out everything on the GNOME Panel including the Mint Menu. You can do this easily by right clicking on all icons and separators on the panel and clicking on 'Remove from Panel'

2) Open up a terminal and run the following
sudo bash
cd /etc/init.d/
./pulseaudio stop
./bluetooth stop
./cron stop
./cups stop
./networking stop
./NetworkManager stop
./samba stop

Once top opens up sort by memory usage and kill any of the following processes that are still alive


You can do this by pressing 'k' and then the process id of the process you wish to kill once inside top. You can send signal 9(to force) or 15 to kill the process.

Another thing you can do to speed up the process is to partition the disks using fdisk from the terminal, create a swap partition and then turn on the swap partition using swapon.

We had 20 discs with us and we completed the whole process within 3 hours using this hack. We had tried to install without this but it was taking forever for the installer to start and respond to the user inputs and we had several pseudo-freezes where the system wouldn't take any input at all.



on 04th April 2007 / by webmaster
Linux is the epitome of the FLOSS model. Technical Solution Linux installation Leave a reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Dewey J. Corl (not verified) access_time 27 Sep 2020 - 17:10 Linux is not ready for the general public! (I am a Ubuntu user). For proof, 1. try to simply print labels on a Dymo label printer. It takes a LOT of work to get to the ease of label printing already available in Windows and Mac. 2. try syncing a modern Palm based PDA. Yes, jpilot and others will sync the main data, but pictures and midi files do not get transferred without a lot of extra setup. These are examples of applications that are not ready for the general public. Since an operating system only supports applications, Linux is not ready to be a common desktop for the general public. While we are waiting for the applications to catch up, keep up the good work!! Anoop John (not verified) access_time 27 Sep 2020 - 17:10 Dewey Yes you may be right. But these are not applications that a common man would use. A common man would use one of these applications - Internet browser, Chat Client, Email Client, Document Writer, Presentation Creator, Spreadsheet Editor, Movie Viewer, Music Player, CD/DVD Writer. Both examples you cited are more specific applications that only a small percentage of the whole population uses. It will take time before those hardware vendors identify the need from their perspective to address the Linux community. Krishnadas (not verified) access_time 27 Sep 2020 - 17:10 Dear Mr Anoop, Thank you very much for the free installation of LINUX done in my PC. I am getting immersed in the LINUX and seeing the versatility. To my surprise, I am able to read one of my old backup CD(wherein lot of my valuable file exist) done in DIRECT CD wizard (a custom cd writing software of Easy Cd creator in WIN98) which could not be read in XP. Installation of old version of easycd creator/direct cd program was not possible in XP. I thought that possible i lost all data. Very pleasant start! Srikanth N. S. (not verified) access_time 27 Sep 2020 - 17:10 Hi Anoop, My friend is thrilled with Ubuntu. One of his grouses with windows was that after OS installation, everything else is to be installed separately which is a real headache. WHereas if u install Linux, everything is installed as a package and he is thrilled to bits! Let linux installation spread in Trivandrum and your service in this direction is highly appreciated. Kepp up the good work Regards. PDA Freak (not verified) access_time 27 Sep 2020 - 17:10 Is it possible to install linux on a packardbell notebook ? Pagination Current page 1 Page 2 Next page Next › Last page Last » Add new comment
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renjith (not verified)
access_time 27 Sep 2020 - 18:25

thanks for ur hack
we r unable to install mint becoz of this problem at Police hqrs