Rebuilding old hardware [was: Looking for new business oportunities]

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at
Fri Feb 27 22:18:32 UTC 2009

I'm rebuilding a couple of low-end PCs (PIII, less than 256Mb RAM), 
and looking for a distro slightly more advanced than Debian 2.1.

These boxes are network-enabled, but will  not be connected to the 
Internet. It sounds like GOS is dependent on  Cloud Computing; is GOS 
useful for non-Internet connected computers?  If not, what OS is 
recommended for low-powered obsolete hardware?


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On 23 Feb 2009 at 12:02 Kenneth Hawkins <ubuntu-ca at> 
wrote about "Re: Looking for new business oportunities[...]"  

>FWIW, I recently threw GOS onto an older PIII-600 Toshiba
>Portege I have, that just never dies. I had trouble with XP, even after I
>roto-root the septic sludge they force on us. I did not have high
>expectations, as the max RAM on this thing is only 384MB, and it has no
>special graphics chip. I confess that I was TOTALLY blown away! Every
>component worked by default, including every PCMCIA wireless card I have
>thrown at it so far. Best of is WAY FASTER than XP was on the
>same hardware in its DEFAULT config. Youtube worked without having to
>bitch-slap flash onto the machine, I can watch ripped videos if they are
>not too compressed, stream audio/MP3/ogg right out of the box. Now if they
>could just do somehting about the
> crappy default desktop theme........If you are rebuilding PC's for
> people, try GOS (its ubuntu based, so sources work)

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