[NBLUG/talk] Request for hardware and distro recommendations

Walter Hansen gandalf at sonic.net
Wed Apr 26 13:22:22 PDT 2006

> 1.  Is it even reasonable to try using this machine for Linux?  Some
> facts:
>         x86 Family 6 Model 7 Stepping 3
>         500 Mhz (?)
>         261,492 KB RAM
>         12 GB disk

I'd say thats more than enough depending on what you want to do with it.
For a server, this is wonderful. For a normal desktop this will work fine.
For an advanced graphics crunching, video editing machine I'd get
something faster/bigger.

For simplicity I'd recomend fedora as the easiest to get going. If you're
into major geekyness and don't mind a bit of a hastle I'd recomend debian.
I'm sure others will recommend all sorts for all sorts of reasons and
everyone will be correct, hence the problem.

Beyond all this, think about what you want to do with the machine. What
apps you want to run. What services you want to provide. Obviously hosting
a 50gig website on it won't work very well but such a machine is quite
capable of providing NAT, webserving, ftpserving, windows fileserving,
firewalling, bidding on ebay auctions, mail serving, database serving and
such for a small company. I've done it just fine on less.

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