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My desktop computer is a Pentium III-800Hz that I bought brand new in August of 2000. Last year I bought a used IBM Thinkpad A22m that's a Pentium III-1GHz, which would be of roughly the same vintage.
Over the years, I've added memory to my desktop computer, a second hard drive, and replaced the case fan when the original died at the end of last year. I haven't had any complaints with the computer, and it still does almost everything I want it to do. I don't buy the latest Windows games (I dual boot with Slackware 11), but I stopped buying new games about the time I got married.
The bottom line, though, is that Slackware 11 runs like a champ on my "old" desktop computer, giving credence to the claim that Linux is good for older hardware.
Am I the only one running old hardware? How old is yours?
That certainly wouldn't fall under my definition of old, no.
My file server is 450 MHz with 198 MB of RAM, which is one of the more powerful Slackware machines I am running. My two Slackware laptops are 266 and 133 MHz, respectively.
I believe that the rush for newer and faster hardware is largely perpetuated by Microsoft and it's increasingly inefficient operating systems, so I really don't trouble myself with how "old" any of my computers are. They are no slower today then they were the day they were sold for ~$1000.
3 Slackware computers here (of 4):
1) a very old PII as freesco router: freesco = an adapted very old Slackware distro.
2) a Shuttle SS51G barebone P4 2.4 Ghz, 1Gig mem, 120 Gig hd., Slackware Current. (a mess at this moment, X startup problems).
3) Via C3 Samuel 800 Mhz, 2 disks: one (15Gb) with Win8SE the other (5Gb) with Slackware 11.0, XFCE WM, OS chosen with GRUB. Starts fairly quick after disabling USB.
A fourth has WinXP, but a 40 Gb disk with Linux (Slackware & k12LTSP (Fedora) ) will be added.
Almost 6 years now, this P 3, 1000 MHz with 512 MB RAM machine and since a year and a half running Slackware on it (was W98).
Pretty soon I'll dump Ubuntu, which is in dualboot with W2000 and install Slackware on it too. Used Ubuntu for a little over a year, never liked it very much (slower -compared to the hardware it's running on- and not as stable as Slack ). It's on a P 4, 3000MHz, 512 MB RAM machine and W2000 is on this quite new machien even slower than Slack on my P 3)
Maybe I'll wait untill Slackware 12 comes out.
An IBM think pad with 128mb ram and 700Mhz p2 and slack 10.1, but put a 60gig hard disk in there(and soldered in a brand new cmos battery). My desktop has slack on it too, it has the works as far as new hardware and ram-- it tracks current. I have a few other machines a compaq DL580 and another gateway server --freeBSD.
In January I bought a new laptop. That is the first new full computer system I've purchaced since I bought my 1st PC - a Micron P90 - in 1995.
My server is an ASUS P2B with a slot-1 celeron 366 oc'd to 412. I think that puts the motherboard at circa 1998 per my manual (9 years). Slackware-11.
My desktop box is a shuttle AV41P with a celeron 2.4 GHz CPU. Complete box toss-away by a guy I used to carpool with. I bought a new case, power supply, and DVD burner. 2003 for that one.
I have (had) 3 Thinkpads - 2 of which my kids have - not sure of the condition at this point. The only one I still have in my posession is a TP700E with 96 MB RAM - 1998 - 9 years. Slackware 10.2 is on that. The others were a TP600 and a TP370 I think. I ran linux on both at one time or another.
It was only 6 months ago that I got to upgrade to a PIII 800MHz(1999). For the last four years I've mostly been running a couple of PII 233MHz ,and a PI 120MHz (from 1995-1997).
I also have run a slackintoshish build on an iMac 333MHz(199?).
I also have a real standard PI 100MHz and have run Slackware on a couple of 486's also. I still haven't been able to get a 386 to run -yet! But I've other things to do...
I use an all-GTK-1.2 basic desktop that needs no Python, so I've always been happy to run on nearly any hardware. I've run the PI with a desktop on just 16MB of physical RAM (plus 16MB swap).
I have some other really classic hardware too, including an old RISC system with a 365K SCSI hard drive that weighs 12 pounds!
My main box is an xp2400 with 1gb ram, and 4 250gb hard drives in raid 0 config, running slackware.
It also boots from the raid controller, which is surprising as its a pci card!
Ive just got rid of my old compaq ap550 and i regret it all the time, it had 2 866mhz cpus, 512mb of 800mhz rambus ram, and a 36gb 10k scsi drive, i was running out of space inside the case but with a custom kernel i'd say its on a par with most single cpu p4s. im not sure of age.