new to netwinder

D. Hugh Redelmeier hugh at
Sat Jul 28 11:11:10 EDT 2007

| From: Ralph Siemsen <ralphs at>

|   I've made numerous
| attempts to build more recent disk images (than the "nw-9" one), but
| always got stuck on some packages and ran out of steam.  My last
| attempt was for Fedora Core 6 and about 62% of the packages built.

My netwinder has 128M of RAM.  As I understand it, that is a lot, but
the limit is 256M.  My impression is that Fedora 7 needs more RAM to
be comfortable.  Perhaps the same could be said of CPU crunch.

Maybe RHL9 isn't a bad place to be.

Having said that, I'd be interested to know what sorts problems you
encounter when you try to port packages.

I've never tried it, but I would guess that distcc would make
rebuilding a distro more manageable.  Do you use distcc?

| As I am sure you've read, we regrettably cannot distribute the firmware.
| It shouln't be too much of an issue unless you intend to put in a new
| large hard disk.

I read somewhere that there is a 30G limit on hard drive size.  Where
does this come from?  Is this changed by newer firmware?  (I'm tempted
by a local deal for a 120G notebook drive.)

Thanks for your helpful reply.

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