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developerWorks: Breath New Life Into an Old Machine

Jun 08, 2005, 05:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Seebach)

"When people talk about Linux on old hardware, they generally mean hardware a year or two old, stuff that is still pretty useful. The hardware in question is in good shape, reasonably well maintained, and possesses decent specs--perhaps it's even an old server. For this series, however, we'll be setting our sights a little lower.

"Enter, stage left, an old Gateway box (I mean no disrespect for Gateway). In October of 1997, I spent nearly $3,000 on what was at the time a top-of-the-line laptop. Boasting a Pentium 133, 32 MB of high-speed SDRAM, and an 800x600 TFT LCD display, the machine had 1.15 MB of video memory--just enough to allow 16-bit color at the 800x600 resolution of its on-screen display..."

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