Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 18th Jun 2012 04:20 UTC
Linux In the past year I've reviewed four lightweight Linuxes for OS News: VectorLinux, Puppy Linux, Lubuntu, and Damn Small Linux. This article compares the four distributions. I invite your comments in response: what are your own experiences with these and competing lightweight distros?
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RE[4]: Comment by wigry
by zima on Tue 19th Jun 2012 16:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by wigry"
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When all the overall resources and energy consumption are taken into account, the total cost of manufacturing and shipping new electronic thingy tends to eclipse the energy usage from continuous operation of old machine - at least within the limits of sensible usage patterns (not turned on 24/7 and such; well, and perhaps not if that's some Pentium D or smth). It might be often not directly apparent because all externalities are virtually never accounted for in retail prices.

P3s were moderately decent BTW, comparable to that Sempron you keep, certainly in the most popular Celeron (not pushing things) or even Celeron Tualatin variants (0.13 - nice those ones, and quite fast; unfortunately, Intel marketing was too often succesful in convincing that in fact slower Netburst Celerons were "better" with their much higher clock and so on...).
Many budget AMDs similar - and I even keep around an Athlon XP Palomino which, according to my back-of-the-napkin calculations, uses at most as many Watts as your Sempron (it's underclocked and undervolted - slight performance loss doesn't matter in how it's sometimes used; it's more a "cool, I have a decade old PC which is still perfectly comfortable in 'daily' tasks" thing)

Edited 2012-06-19 16:07 UTC

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