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Old 03-26-2004, 09:42 PM   #1
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Crossing into Linux


I have finally done it. I bought my "new" linux box on ebay.
here it is

Only cost $87

now i can download my linux versions so that i can test them out.

I was just so excited i needed to do something. Any comments on my choice of box or suggestions is well appreciated.

Pat
 
Old 03-26-2004, 09:50 PM   #2
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Nice box to ressurrect, especially for the price. Slap some swap space on that puppy and you have a nice low load server (needs more ram for high load).
 
Old 03-26-2004, 11:28 PM   #3
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nice box...i'm running SuSE on less power than that, and it runs great!
welcome to linux!!!
 
Old 03-26-2004, 11:31 PM   #4
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yeah it is kindsa funny how i won it -- i didnt even realize that i had an active bid. I have been trying on ebay for many weeks now and am always getting beat out right at the end -- i mean 30 seconds. so i opened up my email last night and it said i had won an item and i only placed one bid on it but no one after me had bid so i guess i got lucky. I was losing computers for like $150 that were only half the machine that i got was. I got extremely lucky.

I am thinking about buying a wireless network card -- 802.11g if possible -- and using it as my personal linux machine. I may eventually use it for a low traffic website or personal ftp.

Did i get a good machine to run linux?
will the 667Mhz processor and 128 mb ram run linux without lagging? or will i have to put more ram in. I may also use the computer to further my knowledge and inquisitive nature of the innerworkings of a computer hopfully leading me to buil my own high end machine later in life - or maybe a year
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:24 AM   #5
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that machine should run linux just fine without lag. If you lag, and you feel adventurous, you can always just use the console :-D
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:28 AM   #6
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128 mb is fine, just create plenty of swap. It will be slightly sluggish running X and anything else resource intensive however. (I know this because my home network fileserver runs on a 600Mhz Athlon with 128 mb RAM... very similar actually) Needs about 400 mb swap space though.
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:28 AM   #7
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or just add more cheap ram
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:32 AM   #8
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my machine is 500mhz with 191mb's of ram..and it runs knoppix and SuSE 8.2 just great, with no lag at all. i use fluxbox for my wm, and it's really dang quick, actually, but kde runs nicely also, but more ram is always nice :P
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:33 AM   #9
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so i guess that i caught a deal huh?
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:37 AM   #10
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yeah, i'd say you caught a deal...lol. i wouldn't mind catching a deal like that...but then, i can't really complain about the box i'm running now, so...yeah
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:41 AM   #11
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Yeah you scored a big time deal, that 600 mhz 128 mb RAM system I have was **** expensive when I bought it.... *grumble*
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:42 AM   #12
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like i said i didnt even know that i was getting in it just kinda happened -- if i had remembered that i was bidding on the item i probably would have been watching it closer

i put a bid in on it just for fun cuz i wanted to see how high others would go on the item so i put a max bid in of $100 and ended up getting it for $87 plus sales tax and shipping and handling from Detroit to Chicago bringing the grand totoal(monitor not included) to $125

I was stoked
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:50 AM   #13
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what distro are you gonna start with?
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:51 AM   #14
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believe it or not this was the first time that i have ever bought something on ebay. for as big of a computer nerd that i feel i am i never bought anything on ebay
 
Old 03-27-2004, 12:53 AM   #15
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well i have mandrake 9.2 and slackware 9.1 so i will start with one of those
i plan on downloading maybe red Hat or fedora and maybe giving SuSE a try too -- what are some suggestions
 
  


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