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i currently use a lovely old dell Pentium 1
as an internet gateway/firewall plus file server.
great little machine is headless and practically noiseless;
rarely ever crashed on it's own (ive crashed it many times -
it's my 1st venture into linux) - longest uptime has been 57 days.
... I once (as root) did a "cat big-giant-binary-file > /dev/hdb" and
wiped out my /var partition - and recovered it without backups!!
.... (what am i talking about?)
...anyway im now running a slim custom 2.4 kernel (Sarge) and wonder if any
windows managers (icewm?) will run on it if i should put a head on it. Would
greatly help with firewall admin! Trouble is it is only 32mb ram and of course the processor is perhaps anemic for X.
Im sure some of you have killer little utility servers on older h/w (isn't it great?)