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Old 04-08-2009, 07:17 PM   #1
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Want to use crusty old PC for something...


Saluton mondo,

I have an old machine which I inherited. HD space shouldn't be a problem, but it has a Pentium MMX processor (166 MHz) and 48MB RAM, (it even has ISA slots)! I'd like to try LFS on it, initially to learn more about Linux, but possibly then to use it for firewalling / network monitoring.

Would I be able to build the current version on it, or might I need to use an older kernel? Any particular problems you can forsee (except that the mobo battery is almost certainly dead by now)?

Thanks,
Rob
 
Old 04-08-2009, 09:51 PM   #2
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Probably quite suitable for a firewall. Its a little faster than the one I've been using at home for a few years.
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:09 AM   #3
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Well, I'm on my way. I've built binutils, and started on gcc.

I was thinking this was going to take all day. Now, I've realised I'll have to think of something else to do for most of the rest of the day. The build of binutils took 49 minutes. If the timings are accurate, the build of gcc (9.2 build units) is going to take around 7 hours (and that's only the first pass ).
 
Old 04-10-2009, 09:31 AM   #4
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You're prolly correct or thereabouts on your estimates of time

I agree with Nbomr, it would make a decent firewall or play-computer for fiddling; my firewall machine (into which I stuck three mis-matched memory sticks for a total of ~192MB RAM) is a rescued PII 333MHz and it too has ISA slots but I am not using them as it also has 4 or 5 PCI slots which serve my purposes (it does firewall for 2 LANs, plus FTP server, DHCP & DNS). FWIW I am running a fairly late-model kernel on it, with no problems, and I built the kernel deliberately without ISA support knowing I wouldn't be using them. No problems.

Too bad you aren't closer to me-- I have a perfectly good 200MHz P-MMX processor here that would make for a tiny upgrade for you.

Best of luck!
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Old 04-10-2009, 09:59 AM   #5
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FWIW I am running a fairly late-model kernel on it, with no problems, and I built the kernel deliberately without ISA support knowing I wouldn't be using them. No problems.
I'll probably do likewise. It has got two PCI slots (for two NICs, if it use it for networking stuff). One of the nice things about this PC is that it doesn't use much more juice than a modern "ultra-low-power" machine.
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Too bad you aren't closer to me-- I have a perfectly good 200MHz P-MMX processor here that would make for a tiny upgrade for you.
Thanks for the offer. Next time I'm passing through Nova Scotia...

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