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Old 03-15-2019, 05:35 AM   #1861
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Careful about installing Linux on it, the Macs use a different boot loader system, if I remember right, you will need to check out the howtos.

Check this out - https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/ma...n-mac-3637265/
 
Old 03-15-2019, 09:32 AM   #1862
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Careful about installing Linux on it, the Macs use a different boot loader system, if I remember right, you will need to check out the howtos.

Check this out - https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/ma...n-mac-3637265/
Thanks for that link. I need to research this well. This iMac doesn`t read anything other than ext2 filesystems. This is quite limiting.
This iMac is ok to use offline to listen to mp3s, write small notes, read PDFs.

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Old 03-15-2019, 08:14 PM   #1863
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Careful about installing Linux on it, the Macs use a different boot loader system, if I remember right, you will need to check out the howtos.

Check this out - https://www.macworld.co.uk/how-to/ma...n-mac-3637265/
That link says it is easy to install Linux on Mac. However, this iMac I have doesnt boot from external device.
Luckily someone close by had an install CD to upgrade the software, this was done, the former super user was removed.
However, 32 bit is no longer supported, there is no new software for it.
So can use this for writing notes, listening to mp3 and viewing images. This will be a secure offline PC.
Mac OS is based on BSD was told. If the display fails then I can get the HD out of this PC.

Will use it as such and see how it goes.
 
Old 03-16-2019, 09:30 AM   #1864
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The Intel based Macs started to use a version of FreeBSD, with Apple's Aqua desktop, you might be able to use some software from the FreeBSD repos, but I can't say for sure, you'd need to check with a Mac user forum.
 
Old 03-22-2019, 08:06 PM   #1865
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This iMac is horrible for the average present user, last thing one needs in their life. Even a P4 is far better than this iMac.
Feels like you were tied to a big block of stone and pushed from a tall rugged cliff with this device.
No wonder the owner was so happy when I took it, he came to me recently and said he hates Macs specially
this old one.

However, I still have respect for old devices. There is someone who is a very good chess coach and at a recent
local demonstration showed how chess can be used for personality development to over come issues and solve problems.
This old iMac has a very nice chess program on it, in this regard it is good for that, to listen to sermons, take
notes etc., Will see how long I last with it and also if I am allowed to move with it considering that I will be
monitored for clutter in future.
 
Old 03-23-2019, 03:19 PM   #1866
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rvijay, I've always been worried you would reach your hand down in a dumpster or jump in and get stuck with a used syringe.

Hepatitis or HIV would be a high price to pay for old hardware.
 
Old 03-23-2019, 09:40 PM   #1867
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rvijay, I've always been worried you would reach your hand down in a dumpster or jump in and get stuck with a used syringe.

Hepatitis or HIV would be a high price to pay for old hardware.

Thanks for the concern, with time this is starting to be more true. That is why they have safe injection sites and drop off boxes
for syringes in different areas.

This iMac I got via a personal contact. So it is clean and safe in this regard.
 
Old 03-24-2019, 08:04 AM   #1868
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rvijay, I've always been worried you would reach your hand down in a dumpster or jump in and get stuck with a used syringe.

Hepatitis or HIV would be a high price to pay for old hardware.
There is always the yuck factor in Dumpster Diving. Basically the more yuck stuff you can handle, more the rewards.
However, there are lots who wish to part with old hardware these days, just need to check locally on related groups etc.,
No need to DD for old hardware. Sometimes, there is an abandoned PC by the kerb etc., these are safe to collect. Only issue is if they came from a dirty home with pests. Opening the device will give an idea.
Specially look for black or white spots etc., that pertain to bed bugs.

Personally for me, I have lots of projects that keep me happy. I still like retro but lean more towards retro software. I do some
art with crayons and will go for walks as the weather improves.
 
Old 04-16-2019, 01:46 AM   #1869
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PI's are cheap and OK. The peripherals can take a chunk out of your wallet...
Not only that. There are old programs like Abbey Reader which won't run on newer Microsoft OS, for example. You wouldn't believe how much Windows 98 discs are ebayed for, over here in Germany. They're presently going for over 70. The place I used to work at is throwing those into the garbage can.
I initially bumped this thread, because I typed "ordissimo" into the search engine. Despite being a dumbed down computer practically for idiots, it's based on a simplified Linux operating system. Which is reason enough to buy one, if that OS version will recognize older peripherals and older programs like early Nero and Abbey Reader. Does anybody know if it will?: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3roYYfyJaDg&t=57s
 
Old 04-22-2019, 09:01 AM   #1870
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I chronicled some of my trials and tribulations trying to get an Open Source operating system working on my old laptop with 64 MB of RAM:
http://www.distasis.com/cpp/slin.htm
I've also had some luck with minimal distributions like Debian netinst, AntiX and NanoLinux. Rogue Class Linux and INX are good examples of what one can do with a computer that is not running X Windows. ToriOS seems interesting since one of their stated goals is to continue to support older computers. Elks ( http://elks.sourceforge.net/ ) may be of interest to some with minimal systems too. There are also various forks of Android such as AndroidX86 that run on PCs. Using nano-x in place of X Windows also seems like a useful option for systems where X Windows just does not configure properly. You can run basic X11 and FLTK applications using nano-x. It works on a wide variety of operating systems including FreeDOS and ELKs.

I noticed there were posts about Kmandla's blog in the thread. I really enjoyed reading both of his blogs and his posts about minimalist computing. Would love to find other similar blogs, forums or resources to discuss topics like the ones he covered. If anyone knows of any good places to discuss minimalist computing and lightweight applications further, please share the information. Thanks. If you're going to run low resource or older computers, finding the right lightweight software can be an important key.
 
  


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