Linked by Howard Fosdick on Mon 11th Jul 2011 21:50 UTC
Linux I've described how to refurbish mature computers in several articles. The emphasis has been on machines in the four to ten year old range -- Pentium IV's, D's, M's, III's and Celerons. But what if you have a really old computer, like a Pentium II, I, or even a 486? Can you use it for anything worthwhile? A vintage distro named Damn Small Linux answers "yes." This article describes DSL and tells how to make 1990's computers useful again. Screenshots follow the article.
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Quality of life...
by whartung on Tue 12th Jul 2011 16:36 UTC
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The big thing with older hardware today is simply the quality of life issues, notably noise and heat and such. A slow, noisy box simply isn't attractive compared to other more modern systems.

We had stacks of some very nice rack mounted 5-10yr old Sun SPARC and AMD machines that went to the recycler. It was hard to see them go, but today most of what they did could easily be consolidated in a VM architecture on modern hardware.

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RE: Quality of life...
by benali72 on Tue 12th Jul 2011 18:37 in reply to "Quality of life..."
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Agreed. I like the author's idea of fun with older systems, kind of like a hobbyists viewpoint. From a larger scale viewpoint like you express it's not practical.

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