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Old 04-20-2007, 01:34 PM   #1
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How old are your Slackware computers?

Hi all,

My desktop computer is a Pentium III-800Hz that I bought brand new in August of 2000. Last year I bought a used IBM Thinkpad A22m that's a Pentium III-1GHz, which would be of roughly the same vintage.

Over the years, I've added memory to my desktop computer, a second hard drive, and replaced the case fan when the original died at the end of last year. I haven't had any complaints with the computer, and it still does almost everything I want it to do. I don't buy the latest Windows games (I dual boot with Slackware 11), but I stopped buying new games about the time I got married.

The bottom line, though, is that Slackware 11 runs like a champ on my "old" desktop computer, giving credence to the claim that Linux is good for older hardware.

Am I the only one running old hardware? How old is yours?
Old 04-20-2007, 01:39 PM   #2
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That certainly wouldn't fall under my definition of old, no.

My file server is 450 MHz with 198 MB of RAM, which is one of the more powerful Slackware machines I am running. My two Slackware laptops are 266 and 133 MHz, respectively.

I believe that the rush for newer and faster hardware is largely perpetuated by Microsoft and it's increasingly inefficient operating systems, so I really don't trouble myself with how "old" any of my computers are. They are no slower today then they were the day they were sold for ~$1000.
Old 04-20-2007, 01:41 PM   #3
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I'm still running Windoze 95 on a PC I bought in 1998.

No slackware though. My oldest Linux is RH 7.3 at the office.

We also have some HP-UX servers that were first booted in 1996 plugging along running 10.20

Funny comment about buying no new games since getting married - I'm sure you're playing all sorts of new "games" now whether you want to or not.
Old 04-20-2007, 02:20 PM   #4
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3 Slackware computers here (of 4):
1) a very old PII as freesco router: freesco = an adapted very old Slackware distro.
2) a Shuttle SS51G barebone P4 2.4 Ghz, 1Gig mem, 120 Gig hd., Slackware Current. (a mess at this moment, X startup problems).
3) Via C3 Samuel 800 Mhz, 2 disks: one (15Gb) with Win8SE the other (5Gb) with Slackware 11.0, XFCE WM, OS chosen with GRUB. Starts fairly quick after disabling USB.
A fourth has WinXP, but a 40 Gb disk with Linux (Slackware & k12LTSP (Fedora) ) will be added.
Old 04-20-2007, 02:31 PM   #5
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I have 2 Slackware machines. One is a 1.5Ghz P4 and the other, which I mostly use for testing, is a 266Mhz P2. The 266 although not super fast, runs Slackware 11 pretty well.
Old 04-20-2007, 02:40 PM   #6
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I have a Compaq Presario 6000 (AthlonXP 2000, 768MB RAM, ATI Radeon 9550) that's about four years old. Next year I hope to build a shuttlebox and that will have Slackware on it, too.
Old 04-20-2007, 04:52 PM   #7
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Almost 6 years now, this P 3, 1000 MHz with 512 MB RAM machine and since a year and a half running Slackware on it (was W98).
Pretty soon I'll dump Ubuntu, which is in dualboot with W2000 and install Slackware on it too. Used Ubuntu for a little over a year, never liked it very much (slower -compared to the hardware it's running on- and not as stable as Slack ). It's on a P 4, 3000MHz, 512 MB RAM machine and W2000 is on this quite new machien even slower than Slack on my P 3)
Maybe I'll wait untill Slackware 12 comes out.

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Old 04-20-2007, 05:47 PM   #8
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Both are about 4-5 yo.

P4 3.06 Ghz HT
nvidia geforce4 Ti 4600
80 GB Seagate ATA HDD


p4 2.80 Ghz
nvidia geforce4 420 Go
60 GB Toshiba Darkstar ATA HDD
Old 04-20-2007, 06:53 PM   #9
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An IBM think pad with 128mb ram and 700Mhz p2 and slack 10.1, but put a 60gig hard disk in there(and soldered in a brand new cmos battery). My desktop has slack on it too, it has the works as far as new hardware and ram-- it tracks current. I have a few other machines a compaq DL580 and another gateway server --freeBSD.

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Old 04-20-2007, 07:55 PM   #10
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In January I bought a new laptop. That is the first new full computer system I've purchaced since I bought my 1st PC - a Micron P90 - in 1995.

My server is an ASUS P2B with a slot-1 celeron 366 oc'd to 412. I think that puts the motherboard at circa 1998 per my manual (9 years). Slackware-11.

My desktop box is a shuttle AV41P with a celeron 2.4 GHz CPU. Complete box toss-away by a guy I used to carpool with. I bought a new case, power supply, and DVD burner. 2003 for that one.

I have (had) 3 Thinkpads - 2 of which my kids have - not sure of the condition at this point. The only one I still have in my posession is a TP700E with 96 MB RAM - 1998 - 9 years. Slackware 10.2 is on that. The others were a TP600 and a TP370 I think. I ran linux on both at one time or another.
Old 04-20-2007, 10:09 PM   #11
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My Slack 11 box is a Plll 800 IBM eServer with 768 MB RAM, and an 18 GB SCSI HD. It is 9 years old:-)

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Old 04-21-2007, 03:55 AM   #12
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It was only 6 months ago that I got to upgrade to a PIII 800MHz(1999). For the last four years I've mostly been running a couple of PII 233MHz ,and a PI 120MHz (from 1995-1997).
I also have run a slackintoshish build on an iMac 333MHz(199?).
I also have a real standard PI 100MHz and have run Slackware on a couple of 486's also. I still haven't been able to get a 386 to run -yet! But I've other things to do...

I use an all-GTK-1.2 basic desktop that needs no Python, so I've always been happy to run on nearly any hardware. I've run the PI with a desktop on just 16MB of physical RAM (plus 16MB swap).

I have some other really classic hardware too, including an old RISC system with a 365K SCSI hard drive that weighs 12 pounds!
Old 04-21-2007, 05:49 AM   #13
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My main box is an xp2400 with 1gb ram, and 4 250gb hard drives in raid 0 config, running slackware.
It also boots from the raid controller, which is surprising as its a pci card!

Ive just got rid of my old compaq ap550 and i regret it all the time, it had 2 866mhz cpus, 512mb of 800mhz rambus ram, and a 36gb 10k scsi drive, i was running out of space inside the case but with a custom kernel i'd say its on a par with most single cpu p4s. im not sure of age.
Old 04-21-2007, 08:55 AM   #14
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P4-HT 2.8 Ghz
1.73 Gb DDR
320 Gb SATA
Nvidia 7800 GT

Thinkpad T43:
Centrino 2.0 Ghz
80 Gb PATA
ATI x300

Both running Slack 11 and KDE flawlessly.
Old 04-21-2007, 10:50 AM   #15
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My laptop will be 5 years this summer and my desktop is about 4 years since the last major upgrade. Both run Slackware 11 and both run great.


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