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Old 01-21-2005, 11:06 PM   #1
Registered: May 2003
Location: lake michigan
Distribution: Debian, Mint, Slackware
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p166 faster than a amd 2600 barton wft?? LOL

Just thought I would throw this out at you all as sort of a "hell yea".
I have a AMD 2600+ system running xp next to a pentium mmx 166 running slackware.
Who woulda thunk it. My slackware box is running better than my win box. Oh man, and people complain about directx game compatibility... oh vay!
Anyways, feel free to comment or suggest apps to make this system even more lean and mean. Im talking things like WHAT SHOULD I DO WITH THIS SYSTEM?
Here are the specs:
Pentuim MMX 166
32 megs of ram, upgrading to 64 soon, just because
10 gig 66 ata drive
old hyundai hcm-433e uvga monitor from '92
mouse and keyboard

file server maybe? I just dont know!

sorry for the manner of this post, I'm a little excited and, well, a bit tipsy...

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Old 01-21-2005, 11:38 PM   #2
Registered: Nov 2004
Location: IL, USA
Distribution: Slackware 10
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those old servers make great web servers! I used an old work computer that couldn't display greater than 640x480 and 256 colors, it became a great linux server to run a mysql client database with a php web interface!

I also have an old pos hp at my home network running linux as a dedicated firewall/intrusion detection system/dhcp router.

also I have a computer that im planning on running an ircd, php/mysql/webserver for this web community me and my gf have planned, and hopefully host a few open source support irc channels.

there is many things you can do
with linux the possibilities are endless with old machines like that. and it's all free (except your time of course)
Old 01-21-2005, 11:38 PM   #3
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Add firewall and caching DNS server to the list. FTP server if you ever need to store files when at college or somthing.
Old 01-22-2005, 03:01 AM   #4
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Kuwait
Distribution: Slack 10.0 @ Kernel 2.4.27
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I don't think the pc can take the load if you're gonna turn into a file server.. 64 MB rams aren't enough...
well, it all depends on your usage.

Since you're on such an old pc, I recommend using the lightest window manager, hell, or no window manager at all! who doesn't like the black screen with all text in it?! colors? who needs them! ;p


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