How old is your computer?

Phill Whiteside PhillW at
Thu Dec 4 17:36:33 UTC 2014

I have a donated win98 server machine running lubuntu 14.04 at the local
youth centre. Not the fastest machine in the world, but can handle f/fox
okay. I was thinking it would need xombrero. For old desktops / laptops,
there is a very cheap usb WiFi device (about 10 GBP) that is plug and play,
they ship anywhere in the world, as they come directly from China.



On 4 December 2014 at 17:11, John Hupp <lubuntu at> wrote:

> Quite a few Windows XP era machines with Pentium 4's.  These are up to
> about 12 years old.
> Also 1 Windows 98 era machine with a P3 @ 800 or 900 Mhz, running Lubuntu
> 14.04, good for most purposes except Flash video.
> I also have some REALLY old machines (P2 @ 400-600 Mhz, maybe even a
> Pentium 1 in that mix) that I can run as LTSP clients, again good for most
> purposes except Flash video.
> The biggest constraints with the older hardware are having enough memory,
> and having a well-supported graphics card.
> On 12/4/2014 10:26 AM, Barry Titterton wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> How old is the oldest computer that you have in regular use?
>> I was prompted to ask this question by a comment that I over heard while
>> doing some Linux advocacy at my local community centre. They run
>> beginners computer courses (Windows only) so I popped along to see if
>> anyone would be interested in Linux and FOSS. There was a conversation
>> which included the statement "If your machine is 3 to 4 years old it
>> must be getting worn out, so you need to think about getting a new one".
>> This got me thinking about my own machines and I realised that my main
>> desktop PC (Pentium D 3.2GHz), that I use every day, will be 9 years old
>> in February, and it is still capable of running Ubuntu 14.04 very well.
>> So how old is your machine?.
>> Regards,
>> Barry T
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