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Christmas Computer

Posted 01-06-2012 at 07:53 PM by wagscat123

Ahh... for Christmas I got a new computer

My old computer was a 2005 Dell Dimension B110 with 32-bit 2.53 GHz Celeron 256 MB (upgraded to 1.2) RAM, 40GB (160 GB) and a CD RW (upgraded to a DVD-RW drive) drive. Those specs probably bring back memories of computer history. I remember freaking because it didn't have a floppy drive.
That computer could only virtualize Linuxes before 2008, couln't run 8 preview, barely ran 7, and could barely run openSUSE 12.1 with desktop effects. Kubuntu 11.10 did not even work right on it and Solaris dropped support for my architecture. It had drivers created for it to be able to run versions of Windows as far back as 95 and (Linux [if you've tried] doesn't run well on computers newer than it) could run SUSE 9.2 without a problem, and get X up on DemoLinux 1, 2 and 3.
The new one - a Dell Inspiron 620 - has a 1 TB hard disk, 4 GB of RAM, a DVD drive (of course), and a quad-core 64-bit i3 processor. The same openSUSE installation that took an hour on the old one took 15 minutes in VirtualBox. It is so much nicer!

Moral of the story... if you have a computer old enough to be 32-bit or to have come with XP - replace it.
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    Your old machine's spec doesn't sound too bad to me! I'm sure with something like antiX installed on it, it'd be blazingly fast!
    Posted 01-07-2012 at 02:58 AM by rich_c rich_c is offline
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    I was doing a lot of virtualization... it didn't virtualize modern distros too well. However, it is pretty good at normal computing. I still keep it as a backup and for its parallel port
    Posted 01-15-2012 at 08:39 PM by wagscat123 wagscat123 is offline


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