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Linux.com: Your "Old" 486 & LINUX

Sep 29, 2000, 07:50 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Richardson)

"Computers have come a long way since the first IBM PC in 1981. In less time than it takes to age a fine wine, the latest PC processor has become over 200 times faster then its great-grandfather, the 8086. But yesterday's technology does not have to be tomorrow's door stop. Through the power of Linux, you can make use of that 486 you have buried in the closet...."

"The 486 makes a perfect firewall/router/IP-masquerading machine. The Linux Router Project (LRP) has created a GNU/Linux distribution that runs from a single floppy. Even without a hard drive, you can run a full router configuration. This works best with two good network cards and at least 16 MB of memory."

"There are a couple of variations of LRP. FreeSCO is Linux based, but is not based on the LRP distribution. FreeSCO has a very nice setup menu, good documentation, and the ability to act as a small-load FTP and Web server. Coyote Linux is based on the LRP distribution, adding a user-friendly disk creation utility and support for PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE) which allows it to work with DSL connections."

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