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Old 09-02-2003, 01:15 PM   #1
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What can I use an old computer for?

First, it irks me to end the subject in a preposition, but "For what can I use an old computer?" just sounds awkward.

Anyway, I've got this old computer that I bought so I could try out Linux and see how I liked it. It always was a little slow (especially with X) and crashes when I try to install new distros. Even if I got a new distro going, I think there would be a lot of waiting.

I don't want to chunk it, but I don't know what to do with it. I thought I might use it as a designated firewall/log/router computer, but I dunno. Right now I'm thinking that I might like to use it as a Linux from Scratch computer, but I've got a few things to learn before I'd be ready to do that.

I was wondering if anyone knew of a good use for an old computer.
Old 09-02-2003, 01:30 PM   #2
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Try smoothwall?

What kind of crashes are you getting? It can't be so bad that you can't install any distro.

Old 09-02-2003, 01:30 PM   #3
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well, you didn't say the specs on it so i'm assuming the worst! lol. if you go to you can get a list of mininam distributions that do various functions and will work down to a 386. firewalling, routing, etc, etc, ad nausem...

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