Linux Journal: Don't Throw That Old PC Away--Give It New Life with Linux
Jan 06, 2001, 14:04 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bryan Pfaffenberger)
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"Did you get a new, more powerful computer this holiday season?
What's going to happen to your old system? Unless your old PC is of
fairly recent vintage, it's worth close to nothing in the used
market. And that's precisely why millions of disused PCs are
headed for landfills, where they pose a genuine threat to the
environment. According to a recent estimate by the National
Safety Council's Environmental Health Center, some 315 million PCs
will be obsolete by 2004--and they'll contain 1 billion pounds of
plastic, 1.2 billion pounds of lead, 2 million pounds of cadmium,
and 400,000 pounds of mercury..."
"What's especially tragic about this coming environmental
catastrophe is that it's unnecessary. Many of the soon-to-be-junked
PCs work just fine. Their only problem? They can't run the most
recent versions of MicrosoftWindows. And that's where Linux comes
in. As you'll learn in this article, you can breathe new life
into obsolete computer systems by installing Linux on them and
using these "obsolete" PCs for a variety of very useful functions.
As long as you're running Linux in console mode, Linux runs very
well on obsolete hardware, including 486s and first-generation
Pentiums. Please note that the following suggestions are meant to
be illustrative; I haven't included all the technical information
that's needed to get these solutions working, but I've included
links to get you going in the right direction."