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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:
> 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 

The lesser of the two machines is easily up to all of the tasks.
Although there are potential security issues with putting other
services on the firewall, I would seriously consider putting all the
services on the Pentium 133 and configuring the K6-2/400 as an X
workstation, at least while you're in experimentation/learning mode.

By way of comparison, my current server at home is running DNS,
apache (hosting sites for 4 domains, including dynamic content and
software downloads), mail, postgres, printing (CUPS), ntp, nfs, and
mailing lists (mailman) on a pentium 100 with 96M RAM and ~3G of disk
- but only ~600M of that disk is actually in use.  I don't think I've
ever seen this box's CPU utilization exceed 25% unless I had it
compressing audio files into mp3s.  (Yes, it can do all its normal
stuff, plus play back mp3s, plus encode mp3s all at once and none of
it even hiccups.)

I also have a K6-2/380 (not online at the moment, so I can't give
more detailed specs) which served as my primary workstation for two
and a half years, running X, and I was quite happy with it, although
the motherboard's integrated video controller is pretty slow.

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