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Re: debian solution's for donated computer

Karsten M. Self wrote:

on Thu, Aug 02, 2001 at 09:30:29AM -0500, destruss@iowatelecom.net (destruss@iowatelecom.net) 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 ;-)


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