Good News: Linux gives life to old hardware. Bad News: Maybe in some cases it
shouldn't.

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| I was in one of my customer's datacenters the other day, and while I do most
| work remotely, I had to take this opportunity to take some snapshots of their
| proxy server.
|
| This post is just a bit of fun. This is not supposed to be their server, it
| was just a stopgap measure because of multiple hardware failures. This is a
| large, well managed company, and this irregular situation will be fixed soon.
| And anyway, it is working just fine.
|
| As you know, Linux can do that kind of job easy without much hardware
| requirements. After all, it has to handle at most about 3Mbps of data, and
| this box has 2GB of ram, so there's plenty of room for a speedy cache.
|
| So, let's go for some good news/bad news.
|
| Good news: It's a true-blue IBM Server! Bad news: It's a IBM Netfinity 5000
| (model 3Ry)!
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http://lateral.netmanagers.com.ar/we.../11.html#BB682

Also good for repairing/replacing broken routers:

Router Firmware Recommendations: DD-WRT, Tomato, Other?

,----[ Quote ]
| The idea of exploring open source intrigues me, however, specifically in
| conjunction with Linksys' Linux-based WRT54GL. Therein my question to you;
| the most commonly mentioned open-source firmware images for this router that
| I hear of are DD-WRT and Tomato. I'm not sure which path I should choose, or
| if in fact there's another distro that I should instead pursue. I welcome
| firmware feedback and suggestions, both absolute and relative if you've
| tested multiple open-source candidates. Thanks in advance!
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http://www.edn.com/blog/400000040/post/1960023196.html


Related:

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 www.linux.org. * *
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http://www.reporter-times.com/?modul...54&format=html


The Year Of The Small Distro

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| 2007 may well be the year of the small distro.
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http://www.oreillynet.com/linux/blog...ll_distro.html


10 ways Linux can breath life into your old PCs

,----[ Gist ]
| # MythTV
|
| # Firewall
|
| # Photo Frame
|
| # CNC Controller
|
| # Classic Game Console
|
| # Home Server
|
| # Kitchen Computer
|
| # Mp3 JukeBox
|
| # Webcam Feed
|
| # Asterisk Home PBX
|
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http://icanhaslinux.com/2007/09/07/1...-your-old-pcs/


How to keep your old PC alive

,----[ Gist ]
| Firewall – Proxy server
| Development server
| Storage Server
| Media Station
| P2P Download Machine
| Small Workstation
| Thin Client
| Cluster
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http://www.pramnos.com/story69-2331.html


Put your old machine to good use

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.
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http://www.usatoday.com/tech/columni...e_N.htm?csp=34
http://tinyurl.com/292b73


How To Revive An Old PC With Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.
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http://www.informationweek.com/news/...leID=198500289


How to revive an old PC

,----[ Quote ]
| 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. * *
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http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article=40532


How to revitalize mature pentiums

,----[ Quote ]
| Hardware that is obsolete in Windows World is not obsolete in the real
| world!
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http://www.freesoftwaremagazine.com/...free_computing


Build This Cheap But Effective Firewall

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.
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http://www.informationweek.com/story...SSfeed_IWK_All
http://tinyurl.com/ypqfrz


Expert shares secrets to saving thousands with K12LTSP

,----[ Quote ]
| 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.
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http://enterprise.linux.com/article....&tid=23&tid=46


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.
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http://www.norwichbulletin.com/apps/...WS01/701080307