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Old 12-31-2003, 03:04 PM   #1
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What about an "old hardware" sub forum?

I'm very new here and to linux. As I get my old machine going, I've done quite a few searches using keywords like "old, hardware, p233" etc. From the threads I've found, it seems like a recurring topic that might just deserve it's own sub forum. Anybody else agree with this?

ot gripe, when a search gives more than 4 pages or so worth of threads, clicking to the next page fails pretty regularly after a few pages.

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I don't think it's a good idea. How would you define 'old'? If there's aproblem with drivers it's specific to a certain piece of hardware (and there's no difference between such probelm and a similar problem with new hardware). There are also questions like "What's the best distro for <insert specs here>", but they're the same for old and new.
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ot gripe, when a search gives more than 4 pages or so worth of threads, clicking to the next page fails pretty regularly after a few pages.
This is the first I have ever heard of this. How does it fail? Does this happen to anyone else?

Old 12-31-2003, 04:04 PM   #4
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I just did a regular search on the word "hardware" and it brought up 20 pages/499 threads and I could browse and flip thru all of them without a glitch.
Old 12-31-2003, 04:04 PM   #5
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Not being a jerk......but,

I have seen many threads about searches not working right.

I have never ever had any issues at all with bad searches. It always brings up what I am looking for.

I am not trying to point fingers but most of the time I find that the people are new to this site and/or they don't know how to search properly.


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Old 12-31-2003, 07:25 PM   #6
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Well, my definition of old hardware is a p233 or slower, buts thats just the machine I'm working with. Perhaps a better definition would be hardware that _requires_ choosing a distro and/or wm and/or recompile to get acceptable performance. ie a newbie can't just install mandrake with kde and gnome and away they happily go - that's been my situation specifically. In searching, I've found some really interesting threads showing what people have had to do to coax performance out of older hardware. At least one poster listed that as a hobby. I like the idea of resurrecting windows trash and turning it into decent machines.

To be more specific about the search comment, when I'm pressing these buttons "Pages (7): [1] 2 3 ... Last " at the bottom, once I'm a few pages in and I press the double >> after the last page number it returns me back to the first page rather than taking me to the next page.

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Old 01-01-2004, 12:09 AM   #7
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What about an "old hardware" sub forum?
Not a bad idea. In a year or two that will include everything that isn't running a 64 bit processor.
Personally I think it would be interesting. Would it be only old Pentium and 486 PCs, or also about VT terminals, Digiboards, Minix on a 286 and etc?
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I like the idea, too. I know when I started with a 486 and a P100 and Linux, a great deal of the forum was just completely irrelevant to my issues while there were still a huge number of threads mixed in with the bulk that were relevant. I felt a bit... out of place. And it's certainly one of the most frequently asked questions and generally requires unique solutions. And it's one of Linux's strengths. Linux is still heavier than DOS and generally more than Win9x but it is far more powerful and can be wedged onto some old stuff.

Really, I could see the subforum being devoted to anyone with questions about 586s on down and basically be unlimited otherwise.

This is my generic opinion, but it's sharpened in that I'm thinking about trying to wedge Linux on my 486 again. I gave it back to DOS as it's about the weakest 486 you can possibly have and crippled Linuxes were even less satisfying than an innately crippled DOS, what with a pair of 686 Linuxes besides. So it would be a particularly useful forum to me, soon.

Long post - sorry. Anyway - I think fighting with Linux on an old box is a great way to experiment and learn and anything that would make people trying such things have an easier time and be more likely to stick with it and eventually turn their main boxes to Linux has got to be a good thing.


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