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I am interested in responsible peer-to-peer networking. Linux has a hugh advantage over Windows, IMHO. Linux User and Developer from the UK devoted a cover about a year ago. Found out about folding@home, SETI@home, etc.
What to do with old computers? Put them in landfills? I hope not.
This question takes on added significance as Microsoft ends support for Windows98. See editors comments in TUX Magazine, Issue 17.
One answer is to dump Windows, install Vector Linux, select IceWM as window manager, download BOINC for linux then run the wheels off processing BOINC workunits.
BTW, I processed a SETI@home work unit on a ThinkPad 760XL with Windows 98 on the old pre-BOINC software. It took approx one month to finish... That same size workunit would finish in 48 hours using either Vector Linux or IBM's OS/2 Warp 4. To be fair, the Windows version drew pretty graphs while the linux version was command line.
If you have any old computers just sitting around I hope you will consider running BOINC, help find cures for diseases, look for life on other planets, etc. I recommend Vector Linux because it is great on old hardware, is very fast, and sooo easy to install.