Reaching out to hardware companies

Sandy Harris sandyinchina at
Sat Oct 23 04:44:59 UTC 2010

On Sat, Oct 23, 2010 at 11:08 AM, J <dreadpiratejeff at> wrote:

>>> So I've been using Ubuntu on and off for a few years but recently
>>> decided to devote my entire laptop to it in my effort to oust Windows
>>> from my life as much as possible. So far, with a few exceptions,
>>> everything works great even on my older (4 year old) machine.
> Nice!  FWIW, I'm running it on my wife's former desktop (about a 4 or
> 5 year old AMD Sempron box) and on an AMD Athlon 1600+ system I built
> back in 2000.  I love putting Linux on old hardware, but I'm big on
> nostalgia too.

Linux does really well on old hardware, sometimes even on junk

Years back, a penniless friend of mine built a system out of scrap
computers. I'd given him a couple of old Suns, 40 MHz RISC chip
and 128 meg RAM. They ran diskless, one for the X server, one
for the window manager. A pair of 486 boxes did everything else.

After some tuning, that system was about as fast for most
things as mine,  which was a reasonable box for the time,
running Linux on something like P III 800 MHz with 512
megs of RAM and a high-end video card.

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