I am supporting a website, The Fanac Fan History Project
, using eCS 1.2R and an old HP desktop that is very slow and has little memory.. I am thinking about switching to Linux for that support mainly because Linux is the only PC based OS that I know about that supports Extended Attributes. I would appreciate some guidance in this project. eCS is an updated version of IBM's OS/2 but I am not optimistic that it's support is capable of keeping up with the new hardware and I am sure that, when it comes time to pass this effort on to the next person, no one would want to take over using it, it is too far out of the mainstream...
I need to know which release of Linux is the most stable and actually supports EAs.
I will need to dual-boot Linux along with a currently installed Windows XP, preferably with Linux installed on the 2nd hard drive, is this even possible? Eventually I would like to offload the entire thing, without the Windows of course, to a laptop in order to ease the transition to the next person but for now I'll stick to my desktop.
Another requirement is a graphics program the can be controlled by a script. I am currently using a old OS/2 program, Jview, that can be controlled by a Rexx script to do pretty much anything that can done using it manually. Any utility that can return the dimensions of a photo or scan and then resize and save the results, possibly in a different format, under the control of a script would do the job.
About me: I am a retired IBM programmer who was asked by some friends to start fanac.org
in 1997. Our website has grown over the years to over 24,200 pages and 11,600 photos. Fanac also supports Fancyclopedia III
and, although someone else runs Fancy 3, I provide the indices for their over 9,400 pages.
Thanks for your help.