Lakeshore Technical College installfest update

Mike Putnam mike at theputnams.net
Sat Oct 6 04:14:54 BST 2007


I have two old 500MHz / <128MB RAM machines sitting idle.  They won't
be very impressive obviously, but they can competently run an X-less
install demo-ing Linux (Ubuntu) as a server platform.  Web, SSH, FTP,
NTP, DNS, Mail, Backups, etc, etc...

Mike Putnam

On 10/1/07, Josh Hertel <herteljt at gmail.com> wrote:
> > What do you think we should use for hardware in our demonstrations?
> >
> > I think decent specs for systems would be:
> >
> > -at least 128MB RAM
> > -Intel, ATI, or NVIDIA graphics
> > -wired network adapter
> >
> > We can upgrade or replace some of the parts if we need to.
> >
> > We can try to get some from the following places:
> > -Our personal stash
> >
> > -People we know
> > -Freecycle mailing lists (http://www.freecycle.org)
> > -Craigslist (http://www.craigslist.org)
> > -Keep or borrow hardware from schools
> >
> >
> > If you use Freecycle, make sure you read their rules, including the
> > number of requests you can make in a certain time period and not
> > asking for anything too new/powerful/rare.
> >
> > The reason I'm asking this question is that I feel we shouldn't use
> >
> > our production machines for the demos. We should just have what's on
> > the discs and a few things from the official repository. I'll discuss
> > more about the software configuration in another message
> >
>
> If you are going to install ubuntu on anything with 128 megs, I would
> suggest having an alternate cd available.  I have installed it on several
> machines and the alternate cd really saves you time and headaches.  I have
> also found that having a version of 6.06 available helps (sometimes 7.04 has
> trouble, I am unsure why).  I have an old machine that i have been messing
> around with and would gladly wipe it out for demo purposes (it is currently
> running 7.04).
>
> Have you thought about installing Edubuntu on any machines?  I did this at
> the library (one computer was Ubuntu the other Edubuntu) and the kids seemed
> to like Edubuntu more (it has more games).
>
> Another source for old PC's is relatives (my mother just bought a new PC,
> hence my "old machine").
>
>
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