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I tried installing Red Hat Linux 9 on my recently formatted computer, but when it gets to the package installation, i get this error:

Kernel panic: VFS: Unable to mount root fs on 48:05

after I install the glibc-common-2.3.2-11.9 package.

In my computer, I have a 300 mHz processor , 32 mb RAM and a 4.3 gb hard drive.

Any ideas? Thanks!
32mb ram is doesn't meet the minimum requirement for RH9 install (64mb)...and that is text mode requirement ... 128 is gui mode requirement....

This is from the RedHat 9 release notes:


- Minimum: Pentium-class

- Recommended for text-mode: 200 MHz Pentium-class or better

- Recommended for graphical: 400 MHz Pentium II or better

Hard Disk Space (NOTE: Additional space will be required for user data):

- Custom Installation (minimum): 475MB

- Server (minimum): 850MB

- Personal Desktop: 1.7GB

- Workstation: 2.1GB

- Custom Installation (everything): 5.0GB


- Minimum for text-mode: 64MB

- Minimum for graphical: 128MB

- Recommended for graphical: 192MB
Is there another linux distribution I can install with my RAM?
RedHat will probably install ... if you use the text-based installer...and if you have enough swap space. But Debian or Slackware minimumly installed with an alternative GUI (like Blackbox or Fluxbox) would probably be best. (Debian and slackware are harder to install though).

Basically, all the distros of Linux use the same programs in their installation......

Mandrake, RedHat, Slackware, etc. use the same programs:
gcc 3.2.x, glibc 2.3.x, gettext 11.5.x, etc. They also use the same kernels (2.4.20, 2.4.21, ect.). Debian (the Woody branch) is a little behind these.

If it is possible, 64mb (or 128mb) of RAM would be a great help, if not then using 96mb or 128mb of swapspace should allow the PC to function. [Swap space takes hard drive space and uses it as RAM ... so the PC thinks it has more memory ... but it is SLOW compared to real memory).

However, you should not install gnome or KDE as your GUI if you can't get at least 64mb (and you really need 128mb) of physical RAM. The gui's that you might be able to get running at a decent speed with 32mb RAM and 96mb-128mb of swap are BlackBox or Fluxbox.

Reguardless, this system will be very slow with 32mb RAM.

I think I would recommend first trying a Mandrake 9.1 install. Pick X-Windows and either gnome or KDE and try it. Make sure to set your swap so you have at 96mb swap ... maybe even 128mb swap.

If Mandrake won't install (or is to slow), Debian Woody (or slackware) install with XFree86 and Fluxbox .... what does everyone else think?
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