[ubuntu-za] Very old computers

David Robert Lewis ethnopunk at telkomsa.net
Sat Apr 18 14:26:02 BST 2009

Nic Roets wrote:
> Hello Bill,
> If they are really "pre-pentium", they are useless, because they are 
> just to slow and have too little memory for firefox. Anybody 
> intelligent enough to install and use a computer should not be 
> subjected to the hassle. The only fun you can have is  playing Doom I 
> in 100px by 100px until you realize your GPS can do a better job.
> Until about a year or so ago, I had a Pentium I that work well as a 
> simple php web server (made in 1992), but the only desktop application 
> I would consider on it will be (perhaps) Point of Sales.
> Right now I'm setting up an old computer with Ubuntu server for the 
> neighbourhood guards. Instead of a screen it will just have 2 LEDs 
> wired to the parallel port indicating permission granted or denied. 
> Instead of a full keyboard it will have a wireless keypad on which the 
> guards will be able to enter destination addresses and authorization 
> codes. Then it will have a GPRS/3G modem for contacting a bulk SMS 
> website. So any reliable computer with USB will suffice. A lovely 
> little project based on inexpensive off the shelf components being 
> much more versatile than the professional security systems.
> Fortunately, the computer donanted for my project is fast enough to 
> record CCTV video.
> Regards,
> Nic
> On Sat, Apr 18, 2009 at 2:19 PM, Bill Cairns <cairnsww at gmail.com 
> <mailto:cairnsww at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Our computer club (here in Kokanje - far in the bushveld) has been
>     given, over time, a lot of very old computers. We have eight which may
>     still work, but which are so old that it is difficult to know what to
>     do with them. They are all "pre-pentium", most do not have CD drives
>     of any sort while some (two I think)  have ancient CD readers.  Don't
>     ask about USB ports. None of the disk drives seem to work, but we do
>     have some spare disks that might be compatible.
>     Can I make a bootable Xubuntu stiffy? Or is a stiffy just too small?
>     Any other ideas?
>     There is an insatiable demand for cheap computers up here. But of
>     course, they must work!
>     Bill
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Sorry, here is the link http://www.puppylinux.org/

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