Linux saves the junkyard dogs

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| With the absolute minimum of fuss & bother I had an NT4 style PDC up and
| running in less than an hour. Granted, I'd have needed more time if I'd had
| to do a more complex config, but given that all I need is essentially a
| glorified NAS box in the least possible time, this Linux distro is perfect.

Quote for the day:

"It is widely believed that politics and economics are separate and largely
unconnected; that individual freedom is a political problem and material
welfare and economical problem; and that any kind of political arrangements
can be combined with any kind of economic arrangements."

--Milton Friedman

Last week:

VectorLinux: Save A PC From The Dumpster

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| Like Puppy Linux (my other current favorite "small is beautiful"
| distribution), Vector is designed to be tiny, swift, and to get the job done,
| and it seems to succeed nicely on all three counts. For an interesting
| comparison of VectorLinux 5.9 (in beta) and another small distro, Zenwalk,
| check out Paul Marwick's head-to-head review of the two. * *

Thin Puppy Torture Test II: Day 14

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| I continue to praise Geany, the GUI text editor in Puppy Linux.
| I'm not a programmer, but I use text editors just about every day. Especially
| for Web work, text editors are must-have tools for writers and editors.


How to keep your old PC alive

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| Firewall – Proxy server
| Development server
| Storage Server
| Media Station
| P2P Download Machine
| Small Workstation
| Thin Client
| Cluster

Stop! Don't trash those old PCs

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| Interestingly enough, there is another operating system that most people are
| not familiar with called Linux. Linux (and its earlier version UNIX) have
| been around for a long time helping us place phones calls and providing
| access to the Internet. Linux, up until this point, has been mostly behind
| the scenes just doing its job and doing it well. You can get started with
| Linux at * *

Linux For An Old Laptop

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| I have such a machine (Pentium 266 MMX, 80 MB RAM, 4 GB HD) which still
| sports a "Designed for Windows 95" sticker.

Apple //c as a Dumb Terminal to my Mac mini

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| The //c spends basically all of its time serving as an IRC chat terminal,
| displaying a shell session of either irssi or Rhapsody, both terminal-based
| IRC clients, running on my remote Linux server by way of a secure shell
| connection. It's a rather abstracted approach, but it's great to twiddle
| the //c's keys in a meaningful way every workday. * *

Turn your computer into a media center PC with GeeXBoX 1.1

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| GeeXBoX 1.1 is a mere 8.9MB ISO download. Its hardware requirements are
| minimal -- a Pentium II 400MHz processor and 64MB of RAM are enough to power
| GeeXBoX -- and of course you'll need a CD/DVD drive to play your media. *

Performance Duel: Koolu 500 MHz vs. Pentium III 666 MHz

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| We also use Ubuntu in our Monastery office. If you read the minimal
| specifications for Ubuntu Fiesty Fawn, it states you need at least a 500 MHz
| machine. We are interested in using computers that are low power, so a
| modern, general-purpose Operating System that has such modest requirements
| suits us fine, as it will run on older, less power-hungry computers. * *

The Year Of The Small Distro

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| 2007 may well be the year of the small distro.

ReviewLinux.Com: First Look at MEPIS AntiX 7.0 Beta 2

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| I am always looking for a faster Linux OS that just does the basics. I want a
| low-overhead Linux distro that can run on almost any machine be it a Pentium
| 2 to a Pentium 4. MEPIS AntiX 7.0 Beta 2 might just be the one. Check out my
| short little review about this Linux distro plus my flash video showing off
| this fast and lightweight Linux OS. * *

10 ways Linux can breath life into your old PCs

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| # MythTV
| # Firewall
| # Photo Frame
| # CNC Controller
| # Classic Game Console
| # Home Server
| # Kitchen Computer
| # Mp3 JukeBox
| # Webcam Feed
| # Asterisk Home PBX

Put your old machine to good use

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| PCLinuxOS, which, along with Kubuntu and Ubuntu is one of the best
| Linux distributions around, only requires an old Pentium II (!) to
| run nicely. The entire cost of Linux is the cost of the blank disk
| you'll need to burn yourself a copy, so it's worth it to play around.
| There's a good chance you'll like what you see.

How To Revive An Old PC With Linux

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| Sure, it could go to the landfill, or you might be able to get a
| tax deduction from donating it to a local school. Or, using a
| Linux-based operating system, you could turn it into a
| functional desktop, browser, and e-mail client, and put it
| back to work.

How to revive an old PC

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| For better performance, most LiveCD distros can be installed onto a hard
| disk, but the process isn't as easy as it is with a conventional distro.
| There's still some hope, though. Currently the Ubuntu Lite project is working
| on a special customised release of Ubuntu for very low-end PCs. Similarly,
| the RULE Project offers a way to install current and recent releases of Red
| Hat's Fedora on low-end machines. * *

How to revitalize mature pentiums

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| Hardware that is obsolete in Windows World is not obsolete in the real
| world!

Build This Cheap But Effective Firewall

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| Fight the bad guys without busting your budget. Here's all you'll
| need to create a low-cost, super-secure firewall using
| Linux-based freeware and an old PC.

Expert shares secrets to saving thousands with K12LTSP

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| The K12 Linux Terminal Server Project (K12LTSP) is a thin client
| distribution designed for use in schools.
| [...]
| Arkiletian estimates that his lab cost only $4,000 to set up --
| about a tenth the cost of buying replacement workstations.

Column: Linux lets you avoid upgrading computer

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| Combine the alternative of using a Linux desktop with being able
| to use older computers often donated by Fortune 500 companies when
| they cycle to new systems every three to four years and you start
| to have a financially compelling argument for not having the same
| technology as everyone else.
| If you have a very large network, the finance picture needs to take
| into account the fact that your technicians would need to be familiar
| with another technology, but for smaller nonprofits and schools
| systems, I would seriously consider this desktop platform.