Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 23rd Nov 2012 06:50 UTC
Linux Since its 4.4.10 release way back in 2008, Damn Small Linux languished as an inactive project. But a month ago John Andrews announced 4.11 release candidate 2. It includes updated apps and bug fixes. Download from here (only 50m). More on what's in the release candidate here. DSL is popular for making older computers useful and also works well as a tiny live distro.
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RE[2]: Still good, Still works
by zima on Sun 25th Nov 2012 08:59 UTC in reply to "RE: Still good, Still works"
zima
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2005-07-06

Some time later, I wanted to experiment with something so I hooked it back up, plugged it in and crap just started breaking down, so I just gave up.
The machine ran rock-solid for more than a decade rock-solid (though growing increasingly painful for everyday use as a desktop, as my use became more resource-demanding and desktops became heavier), but it seemed to be the extended time turned off and subsequent re-powering that finally done it in.

Reminded me about http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index.php?showtopic=97154 - apparently, electrolytic capacitors need "reforming" from time to time.
(coincidentally, they are also the prime suspects for general deterioration, in old PCs; take those two factors together...)

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