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..."