Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 4th Apr 2007 18:02 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems Geeks.com were once more very kind to send us one of their products for a review. Geeks sells cheap laptops --among others-- and so we asked for a low-cost laptop without an operating system in it for the purpose of this review. They sent us the IBM T23, (currently selling for just $299) and an extra 256 MB stick of RAM ($30). We tested the laptop with three different OSes, read on for more.
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RE: old?
by Doc Pain on Wed 4th Apr 2007 19:32 UTC in reply to "old?"
Doc Pain
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2006-10-08

"old for me means: 300MHz P2, for which is not free and good operating system available."

I may disagree and explain:

First, you can always use a Linux which was new when the hardware was new. THis combination will work without any problem.

Second, you cannot assume a P2/300 to do everything a 5GHz quadrillioncore new Intel can do. Or, to be more precise, it almost can do everything, but not at the same speed.

I say this because we use a P2/333 at work with FreeBSD 5 and XFCE 3, usually running Opera, X-Chat, OpenOffice 1 and LaTeX. No real speed problems, can you imagine? Hey, it even runs a playable lsdldoom! :-)

This leads me to this statement: Your claim is wrong as long as you can't be more precise. For example, if you want to play up to date games, you won't find a free and good OS for a P2/300. But for other realistic purposes, you surely will.

So "old" depends on what you're planning to do. I would not consider the T23 to be an old computer, even though it may not be the newest one. A P2/300 is quite old, but an 8088 is really old, and here you'll encounter the problem of not getting a usable OS, but not on the T23 or a P2/300.

And finally, remember: Old does not mean bad. Fine difference. And good depends on what you're planning to do.

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