Re: debian solution's for donated computer
Karsten M. Self wrote:
on Thu, Aug 02, 2001 at 09:30:29AM -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com) wrote:
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".
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.
Iam running potato on a P133/80 MB RAM with icewm, StarOffice (for
compatibility with MS Office for Mac), Opera (sometimes Konqueror)
and the console. SO needs quite a long time to come up but the its
works reasonably well.
I do have the impression that my sytem i sat least as fast as the
PPC604e (200 MHz/96 MB RAM), even lots of people say that PPC with
less CPU speed is faster than a PC 9they probably have never seen
one with Linux).
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'.
I am not gonne spend any more money in my machine, I'd rather safe
it to get an incredible fast new one ;-)