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Re: Are these machines up to it?

On Fri, Mar 22, 2002 at 02:39:21PM +0000, Keith O'Connell wrote:
> Hi,
> Over the comming months I am starting a "teach-your-self" program. I
> am learning more of linux than just a desktop. I have a small lan at home
> for my wife, daughters and myself. The three of them use WinXP, and I
> have a desktop of myown running stable and a file server for all of
> us, also running stable.
> I now have come by two old machines that I want to employ, but before
> I throw mt self at it, I want to know if they are up to the task, and
> also if they are, will they likley remain suitable for the tasks as
> new versions of software are released
> 1: I have a 133MHz pentium, 1Gb disk and 32Mb ram. I want to use this
>    as a firewall.
> 2: Also an 400MHz AMD K6-2, 6Gb disk and 80Mb ram. This is to be a
>    name server and an email server
> Neither of them will have X on them, so what I need to know is;
>         a: they are not up to the tasks
>         b: they are just up to the tasks
>         c: they are easily up to the tasks 
> If the answer is a: or b:, what could be done to improve the
> situation. Asking a lot in a single message, but I dont want to start
> then find that they just won't do the job(s)

My experince tells me you will be just fine. However I would recomend
upgrading the smaller disk drive. You don't have to, but having more space
will make your life easier, in that you wont have to constantly watching
which packages get loaded.

"They that would give up essential liberty for temporary safety deserve
neither liberty nor safety."
						-- Benjamin Franklin

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