Installing Red Hat Fedora Core 2 Linux on Sony Vaio PCG-Z505C/BP

Sony's page about PCG-Z50
545 MHz Celeron.
192 MB RAM.              Came with 64MB RAM to which I added 128MB.
12.1 LCD.
1 USB  1.1
1 PCMCIA slot
1 Firewire
1 MG memory stick slot
IO slot
mic, headphones


$ cat /proc/cpuinfo      #abbreviated
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 8
model name      : Celeron (Coppermine)
cpu MHz         : 546.072
cache size      : 128 KB
bogomips        : 1077.24

$ lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge (rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corp. 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge(rev 03)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA (rev 02)
00:07.1 IDE interface: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE (rev 01)
00:07.2 USB Controller: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB (rev 01)
00:07.3 Bridge: Intel Corp. 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI (rev 03)
00:08.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Sony Corporation CXD3222 i.LINK Controller (rev 02)
00:09.0 Multimedia audio controller: Yamaha Corporation YMF-744B [DS-1S Audio Controller] (rev 02)
00:0a.0 Communication controller: Conexant HSF 56k Data/Fax Modem (Mob WorldW SmartDAA) (rev 01)
00:0b.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corp. 82557/8/9 [Ethernet Pro 100] (rev 08)
00:0c.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c475 (rev 80)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Rage Mobility P/M AGP 2x (rev 64)

$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 054c:0032 Sony Corp. MemoryStick MSC-U01 Reader
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 04cc:1122 Philips Semiconductors Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  

$ cat /proc/partitions
major minor  #blocks  name
   3     0   11789568 hda
   3     1    2048256 hda1        #existing XP C:
   3     2          1 hda2        #existing extended partition
   3     3    5526360 hda3        #from resized hda1 using bootitng
   3     4     257040 hda4        #swap
   3     5    3951958 hda5        #existing logical partition with XP D:

$ df -h
Filesystem            Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/hda3             5.2G  688M  4.3G  14% /
none                   94M     0   94M   0% /dev/shm
/dev/hde              637M  637M     0 100% /mnt/cdrom
/dev/sdb               63M   23M   40M  37% /mnt/floppy

Notes: CD-ROM drive is pcmcia but it is only recognized if attached at boot with ide2=0x180,0x386 kernel boot parameter.
"floppy" is USB flash memory stick. Installing: booted from pcmcia-attached CD-ROM drive but the install program couldn't access the drive (didn't know about the boot kernel parameter above) so tried ftp install from my local ftp server but that couldn't form the correct directory so did http install from that same server.
Installed the minimum system of 228 packages, about 500 MB.

I wanted to see how much could be done in console text mode. Emacs editing, gcc compiling, printing, wired and wireless networking, text web browsing, Internet and samba-Windows access, MP3 playing.

Then I added X but without either gnome or kde, using fvwm instead.

Additional functionality installed, in this order, with required additional RPM packages:
emacs: emacs-common emacs-nox
gcc: binutils cpp gcc gcc-c++ glibc-devel glibc-headers glibc-kernheaders libstdc++-devel
samba client: samba-client samba-common
Sound (MP3s listen): sox aumix mpg123 libvorbis libogg
Lynx: lynx
Nmap: nmap
Cups: libdbus cups cups-libs
X11: (trial and error): xorg-x11 xorg-x11-100dpi-fonts xorg-x11-75dpi-fonts xorg-x11-Mesa-libGL xorg-x11-base-fonts xorg-x11-font-utils xorg-x11-libs xorg-x11-libs-data xorg-x11-tools xorg-x11-twm xorg-x11-xauth xorg-x11-xfs xterm xinitrc bitmap-fonts desktop-backgrounds-basic expat fontconfig freetype chkfontpath
Fvwm: m4 libstroke fvwm fvwm-themes
Mozilla-Firefox (not an rpm): atk pango libjpeg libtiff libpng gtk2