Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Sep 2006 14:51 UTC, submitted by michuk
Linux "Is Linux a good choice for your old PC? In this article I'm going to examine the main issues connected with using GNU/Linux on some very old hardware. I will also cover choosing a distro, a desktop and the key applications for such a configuration."
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Harald
Member since:
2006-03-10

Getting a modern OS running reasonably well on pre-Pentium II hardware is an interesting challenge, but I'm not sure why anyone would really want to use such an old computer. Not when much faster computers are easily available for next to nothing.

There are all sorts of good reasons.

For example, testing the speed of software.

When the question of browser rendering speeds was debated here a while back, it was great to put IE, Mozilla and Opera side by side on really slow hardware where you could actually see the rendering happen.

Cleared up pretty quick for me which had the quickest rendering engine.

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Gadget Member since:
2005-10-21

Which had the quickest rendering on old hardware?

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Harald Member since:
2006-03-10

Which had the quickest rendering on old hardware?

IE...but that test was a while ago...when FireFox was around version 1.1. Test was done with win2k.

I'd like to do another test with 1.5 and the latest Opera...but I'm using FreeBSD on that machine now.

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