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Old 04-19-2007, 04:09 AM   #1
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Vendor recommendation for low end hardware

I need to setup 4 basic Linux servers.

These servers will be used for custom firewalls and low volume fax servers.
They will be used in text-only (non-GUI) console mode.

I am looking for low end PCs.

* 256 MB RAM
* 20 Gb Hard disk
* VGA port
* Ethernet
* 2 PCI slots
* Serial ports
* Floppy drive

* USB ports
* Keyboard
* Mouse
* Sound card

I don't need any preinstalled OS.
Do you know of any vendor that sells this kind of older/cheap hardware?
I want to avoid refurbished PCs.

Old 04-19-2007, 04:39 AM   #2
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I would search eBay your bound to find somebody who is selling a job-lot of old p2's.
Old 04-20-2007, 12:51 PM   #3
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Better, look in your local paper. No postage charges or delay, you just drive around picking the things up, and you get to see them working before you buy. And no "Did the DHL man drop them?". But they won't all be identical.

Regards, Giraffenbein
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Mod note: Not a Linux technical question. You might check out something like craigslist
Old 04-21-2007, 12:46 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by lothario
I need to setup 4 basic Linux servers.

I want to avoid refurbished PCs.

1. Why do you want to avoid refurbished PCs? If they are in your price range, then they are in your price range; what does "refurbished" have to do with anything?

2. How much hardware can you share? For example, you want 4 20-gig hard drives? How about 4 six-gig (old) hard drives for each computer's operating system and then they share a 40-gig drive for their "low volume" fax stuff (which doesn't need to be saved after it is sent), etc.? Can they share a monitor?

Once you figure out what you can share, check the internet and local suppliers for parts. Sounds like you should be able to put 4 basic boxes together real fast, especially if they're all the same, and with the money you save with your own screwdriver, you can build a fifth to play backup to them all.


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