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Re: debian solution's for donated computer



on Thu, Aug 02, 2001 at 09:30:29AM -0500, destruss@iowatelecom.net (destruss@iowatelecom.net) wrote:
> Hi all:
>  anchordesk ran a story that ms is still considering win3.1 as their
> property and not to be used even for donated computers for charity
> (see the article:
> http://www.zdnet.com/anchordesk/stories/story/0,10738,2800646,0
> 0.html)
>  My question is what should be included on a computer that is 
> being donated to give a new user experience and use of an old 386 
> or more?  Dean

Define "new user experience".  

    386/486 I'd mostly relegate to server activities (firewall, gateway,
    file/print, mail, light web), or use as an X terminal, probably with
    video and network card upgrades.

    Pentium would be entry-level workstation candidate, but you're not
    going to have happy campers running KDE/GNOME, Mozilla, or
    StarOffice, that bloated stuck pig of an office suite.  AbiWord,
    Gnumeric, and Sylpheed might make for good word processing,
    spreadsheet, and mail apps.  Browsers are a bit more difficult, the
    new ones are *all* big.  Netscape 3.0x, Konqueror, or Skipstone, in
    the free category.  Possibly Opera in non-free.  If you can sell
    users on console apps, options are far more open:  vim, emacs, sc,
    mutt, w3m, links.

    PII/PIII at 300 MHz or better is getting to reasonable full-feature
    (if not high-end) workstation.  Current memory is damned cheap, and
    well worth the price.

Note that memory makes a huge difference in apparent speed and response,
and that memory for older systems is getting *more* expensive as stocks
are depleted.  They ain't makin' that stuff no mo'.

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