Linked by Howard Fosdick on Wed 4th Aug 2010 18:19 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems In previous OSNews articles I've claimed that discarded computers up to ten years old can be refurbished and made useful to someone. They shouldn't be discarded. They should be refurbished -- fixed up and reused -- rather than recycled -- destroyed and separated into their constituent materials. So how does one do this? In this and several subsequent articles, I'll describe how to revitalize older computers.
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RE[2]: Comment by mrAmiga500
by mrAmiga500 on Wed 4th Aug 2010 19:46 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by mrAmiga500"
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I'm posting this from a PC with a Pentium 3 running Haiku. It runs fine and boots very fast. Haiku is very friendly with older PCs.

I've found Haiku to be a bit unstable compared to BeOS - and it doesn't support many of the sound & network cards you'll find in older discarded computers (at least most of the computers I've tried it with). I'm hoping Haiku improves, but I don't expect them to start supporting old cards. They're (rightly) too busy trying to support newer hardware.

I'm posting this with BeOS on Pentium III. I also have Linux on another drive that I plug in occasionally when I want to rip CDs or view embedded flash. BeOS is my main OS though. It's WAY more fun to use on this computer than Linux.

Another great thing about BeOS (and Haiku) - you can create a complete bootable installation (with Firefox, VLC, graphics editor, music player, etc.) using as little as 300Mb disk space.

Edited 2010-08-04 20:00 UTC

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RE[3]: Comment by mrAmiga500
by 2501 on Fri 6th Aug 2010 15:27 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by mrAmiga500"
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Is it Flash working for you?

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Is it Flash working for you?

Embedded Flash doesn't work, but with addons like VideoDownloadHelper, it was possible to download YouTube videos (flv or mp4 format) and view them in VLC without problems. (don't know why it couldn't help with embedded videos in other pages... not a very helpful "helper")

Unfortunately, just a couple weeks ago, YouTube made some changes and now that doesn't work properly.

"Progress" is constantly screwing the user of older computers.

Edited 2010-08-06 16:04 UTC

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