Re: Lenny won't install on an old Pentium that used to run Etch.
On Thu, Mar 12, 2009 at 11:54:53PM +0000, s. keeling wrote:
> Robert Hodgins <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
> > Lenny installer isn't. Should I still be using this machine "down the
> > road" (and I'd like to keep it going as long as the hardware holds up),
> I'm all for "driving it into the ground" in order to get your money's
> worth out of the price of a car, but really, unless you're asking for
> almost nothing from that machine (in terms of performance), think
> diminishing returns.
> My desktop machine is a *used* PIV-2.4 Ghz with 0.5 GB RAM and 40 Gb
> HD. It only cost me C$160 a couple of years ago.
> If you're only using it for a firewall/server, maybe consider the *BSDs.
However, if the machine meets the minimum requriements in the release
notes (and install manual), then Lenny should install.
As for rolling upgrades, great but what about when e.g. a hard drive
fails. If by that time Squeeze is stable, then you have to install
minimal etch, upgrade to minimal lenny, then upgrade to minimal
squeeze, then reinstall packages. Its a royal pain (been there, done
that on my old boxes); however, they didn't meet the published min reqs.
As for old boxes and how cheap replacments are, my 486 only uses 20
watts. This can be handy for some uses.