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Enterprise Networking Planet: Tips and Tricks for Linux Admins: The State of the Tiny

Jan 25, 2007, 07:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"There is a distinct sub-culture in the Unix-type operating universe made up of gnarly old geekbeards who were raised up in the green-screen command-prompt era. They think X Window is for amateurs and any executable over 100K is bloatware. These are the wizened gurus who can touch-type 100 words per minute, remember every option for hundreds of commands, and who take pride at keeping antique hardware in service. Throw away an old 386 or 486? Never. Not when it makes a perfectly good firewall, printer server, Ethernet bridge, or network router. Keeping such antiques in service might require soldering some salvaged motherboard components, or re-wiring the power supply, or crawling through bins of spare parts to find compatible memory modules, but that's routine stuff for these folks..."

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