Online article: "Microsoft funds African PCs amid open source
emil.oppeln.bronikowski at gmail.com
Wed Oct 5 08:54:54 CDT 2005
2005/10/5, Vincent Trouilliez <vincent.trouilliez at modulonet.fr>:
> I really hope Linux will succeed despite all this, as I am generally
> very confident about Linux's future on the desktop
We have a small advantage! Vista won't run well on old, obsolete HW.
Africa and other poor regions won't just jump into possesion of
mid-range HW. Linux runs just fine on old hardware. I know very well,
'cause I'm running it on such.
I have bought old Dell computer. It cost me, with shipping ~10 pounds.
I've throw at it spare HDD, CD-ROM and 64+128 Mb in DIMM. It runs
emil at borsuk:~$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : GenuineIntel
cpu family : 6
model : 5
model name : Pentium II (Deschutes)
(Borsuk's badger in Polish. It's also nickname that my gf gave me. It
was before Hoary, so I think it's Mark who's behind it;-)
This compter works as desktop for me. Yeah, no s*t. I run Firefox and
Thunderbird there. Beep Media Player. GXine. Gajim. Konsole. VIm.
But wait, there's more. I run IMAP/SMTP/Auth-MySQL and MySQL on it.
Sure, it swaps from time to time. Sure, sometimes it takes Firefox
some time to rethink page layout. But it's far from being unusable.
Throw P III and 256 Mb of RAM on Linux, and it will fly.
Windows XP/2000 is quite good OS when compared to Windows 98/ME, but
still, Linux is more flexible and not ruled by one company, thus, it's
Emil Oppeln-Bronikowski, http://bronikowski.com
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