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Oct 09, 2001, 13:06 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Colin Mattoon)

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"Before we can install Linux on our users' PCs, we must select an appropriate Linux distribution. Back in part 3 , we configured an application server, and I made no recommendation about which distribution you should use. I provided general guidelines for configuration of different initialization systems and some of the distributions that use them.

You may be tempted to use the same Linux distribution for the PC X terminals. Don't. At least, not until you read this installment.

Certainly, some of you will use late-model machines with far more RAM than required for the job. If you have 20 350-MHz PII machines with 64 megabytes RAM and 6-gigabyte hard drives at your disposal that another department is throwing away, then go ahead and recycle them as X terminals. If this is your situation, you can use any i386 Linux distribution. (You may skip most of what follows and rejoin us for the final configuration of the machines.)

The rest of us will focus on the hardware more often chosen for X terminal deployments: 80486 and Pentium processors up to 120 MHz, 8 to 16 megabytes of RAM, hard drives as small as 125 megabytes and rarely any larger than 850 megabytes. This is the sort of equipment that is now considered obsolete and worthless in many operations -- and usually becomes available during upgrades."

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