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developerWorks: Lightweight Linux, Part 1

Nov 12, 2002, 08:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Todd E. Sundsted)

"It's a conspiracy!

"Too often, modern operating system vendors treat hardware as if it were disposable--use it for a year and then throw it away. One might be tempted to believe that secret backroom meetings are going on between vendors of operating systems and computer hardware manufacturers. New operating systems and applications demand the latest, most powerful hardware. The newest hardware works best only with the latest, most feature-rich software. I'm sure the churn helps someone's bottom line, but it does nothing for mine.

"I refuse to bow to the conspiracy. When I came across a mint condition IBM ThinkPad 755C in a local garage sale, I realized that I had an opportunity to make a point. Hardware is only as old as the software that it runs.

"In this article I will describe how I brought the laptop back to life; and I will describe what you need to do if you find yourself in a similar situation. The usefulness of this material isn't limited to rescuing old laptops from the dump. You might need to build a Linux system to run on hardware with resource constraints, such as in an embedded application. The approach is the same..."

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