Monkey Linux
current version 06
released 9/5/1997
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     Are you curious about what kind of hardware demands Monkey makes?  Well, by today’s standards, it doesn’t take much to make Monkey happy.  That’s for sure.  Currently, I’m running Monkey on three different computers that had no trouble loading Monkey on the first try.  No, not all of my hardware is recognized, but I can still run certain shell programs.  The following topics are covered in this section:
  1. minimum system requirements;
  2. supported hardware;
  3. recompiling the kernel; and
  4. my systems running Monkey.

Minimum System Requirements
  • Intel 386SX processor
  • 4MB of RAM
  • 30MB (20MB + 10MB for swap file) on an IDE HDD
  • 3.5" floppy drive
  • VGA for X Window
  • DOS file system (on a non-compressed volume)

Supported Hardware
  • Intel 386SX processor or better (486, Pentium, AMD, Cyrix, IBM, etc.)
  • Math coprocessor (or emulation if not present)
  • ATAPI and Mitsumi CD-ROM
  • VGA and SVGA pro (Cirrus, Trident, Oak, etc.)
  • 3C5x9, 3c59x, 3c90x, NE2000/NE1000, WD80x3 ethernet cards
  • ISA, VLB, PCI bus
  • 3.5" and 5.25" floppy drives
  • Serial and PS/2 mouse
  • Parallel and serial ports
  • SVGA with accelerated S3 chip set (must download ready-to-install package)
  • SVGA with accelerated Mach 64 chipset (must download ready-to-install package)

Kernel Compilation
     Monkey can be modified to fit a pc’s specific hardware (assuming device drivers for the system are available in kernel 2.0.30) by removing unnecessary drivers and recompiling the Linux kernel 2.0.30 source code with the Gnu C Compiler (GCC 2.7.2).  Both are provided for download in the download page.  Links to web sites that provide instructions on compiling the GNU/Linux kernel are available in the links page.
     “Whoa cowboy!  Why in tarnations do I need to recompile the kernel when it’s already up’n runnin’?” you inquire.  To be blunt, you don’t.  However, rumor has it that by recompiling the kernel one can trim out unnecessary device drivers, which in turn increases the cpu’s efficiency.  There’s also that debate on whether or not one can be a true GNU/Linux guru if he or she hasn’t compiled the kernel yet.

Systems Running Monkey Linux 06
  1. GRiD 1755 laptop computer
    • Intel 386 20MHz processor (+387 math coprocessor)
    • 4MB RAM (max 8MB)
    • 80MB IDE HDD
    • 3.5" floppy
    • Microcom DeskPorte 14.4S external 14.4Kbps data/fax modem
    • keyboard
    • monochrome screen and VGA
    • PS/2 port for keyboard, 9-pin serial, bi-directional parallel, and external VGA port
    • MS DOS 6.22 on FAT 16

  2. Compaq Presario 1210 laptop computer
    • PheonixBIOS
    • Intel Pentium 150MHz processor (no MMX)
    • 80MB RAM (16MB base + 64MB add-on)
    • IBM 1.4GB IDE/DMA HDD with 94k of hardware cache
    • 3.5" floppy and 14x ATAPI CD-ROM
    • internal 33.6Kbps fax/modem (winmodem)
    • type I/II/III pcmcia
    • 3Com 10baseT 3C589D pcmcia nic
    • 101/102-key keyboard and Synaptics touchpad mouse
    • Neomagic NM2093 graphics controller
    • 12.1" dual scan display 800x600 max at 16bpp and SVGA
    • Soundblaster
    • PS/2 port for mouse or keyboard, 9-pin serial, bi-directional parallel, and external VGA port capable of outputting 1024x768x256
    • Windows 95 (4.00.950b) on FAT 32

  3. Generic System
    • Hsing Tech Enterprise Co., LTD M912 v:1.7 (80486 Deep Green / "true" Green) motherboard
    • AMIBIOS American Megatrends 486DX ISA BIOS © 1993 AC8546529
    • IBM 486 DX4 100MHz processor
    • 8MB RAM (max 64MB)
    • GoldStar Prime 2C chipset controller card
    • Quantum Maverick 540AT IDE HDD with 98k of hardware cache
    • 3.5" floppy and Acer Inc. 6x CD-ROM
    • Xircom external 10baseT ethernet adapter
    • AT keyboard and Dexxa 3-button serial mouse
    • Trident Microsystems TVGA8900C chipset video card
    • Compudyne 14/800V 14" monitor
    • Creative Labs Sound Blaster Pro 2
    • PORTS
      Case: AT port for keyboard, 9-pin serial (COM1), 15-pin serial (COM2), and bi-directional parallel (disconnected)
      Cards: bi-directional parallel (LPT1), game port, game port
    • Windows 95 (4.00.950) on FAT 16

  4. Compaq Presario 5000
    • Intel Pentium III processor
    • 128MB RAM
    • Maxtor 1.4GB HDD with 2048kB of hardware cache
    • 3.5" floppy
    • Compaq DVD-ROM, ATAPI drive
    • CD-R/RW, ATAPI drive
    • internal 56Kbps fax/modem
    • ethernet card
    • USB
    • Windows Me (4.90.3000) on FAT 32

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