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Re: Are these machines up to it?


On 22 Mar 2002, 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)
1: c+
2: c+
all on machine 1: c

It all depends on how intensive your homenetwork will be. If it is just
you and your family, the first machine will be able to do all the jobs
easily. I have had a 486 with 12MB ram running with all services that you
want. Now I have a powermac 7200/166 which does the same and is also a
proxy server.


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