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Originally posted by Q*Bert By far the coolest thing is getting Linux to run on a really old piece of hardware. Especially since they've long since lost their Windows software that came with it.
lol that's my project right now! 486 DX4/100 baby! 32MB RAM, 1GB hdd (I just bought it used for $5), serial mouse, fast 2D graphics, Creative AWE32, 33.6kbps modem, 14" monitor, 16X CD-ROM, a 5 1/4" floppy drive, and, of coarse, the latest version of Linux ... that makes it a top-notch system right there, oh yeah ...
I'm literally scanning the disk for errors on my P2 450 right now. My Athlon already has a slave and needs the master and slave to boot with grub, so it's pretty much full unless I want to screw with it. So I'm using my '450.
It's a cool 486, it's just a motherboard on a table, a monitor I ripped apart and rebuilt with an Erector set, and I made a mount for my drives with Erector sets too. It's sooo groovy-like, but I need to get it working before I say that.
Yes WineX does cost $$$, you need to get a subscription from Transgaming and then you may download it.
You can get the CVS version for free but that has no support for installshield installers and no copy protection code. The CVS works for games like starcraft and counter strike perfectly. If you try and get the CVS and it won't compile, they usually fix it in a few days.
Practically anything involving the Zaurus.. nfs or samba shares to get GB of storagen in my hand, web browsing, website hosting, ssh, etc, etc.. Just its 'size to capability' is what makes it so darn cool
The best thing I've done is download 3GB of redhat isos (all 8.0 and 7.3 isos) in about 1 1/2 hours with cable internet! "holy holy holy holy hollyyy craaaap!" - Strong Bad on the spin 'n say, www.homestarrunner.com
Then I got a few win progs running under wine. That's VERY cool. But I have no luck with wine, it ALWAYS crashes.
And I got XMMS running with MP3 support, that rocks ... AND reading the mp3s of my NTFS drive!
uhh the coolest thing, how about taking a forum system for my school from a windows 2000 server running IIS 5, and turning it into a mean, lean Redhat server (I had not choice on the distro), running apache. I also added remote administration capapbilities using ssh tunnelling and X11 forewarding (teh command line scares the admins who don't use linux regularely)