Rack mount cases

Alex Satrapa grail at goldweb.com.au
Wed Sep 11 08:00:30 EST 2002

On Wednesday, September 11, 2002, at 01:43 , Matthew Hawkins wrote:

> Finally... do you *really* need that many computers?  Perhaps another
> solution is to consolidate your computing power and retire unnecessary
> equipment.

I've tried compiling kernels on two machines here at home.  My fastest 
machine (500MHz AMD K6-II, 384Mb RAM) allows me to compile kernels in 
the time it takes me to cook a meal and eat it.  My second-fastest 
machine (P166, 256Mb RAM) allows me to compile kernels in the time it 
takes me to cook a meal, eat it, and watch a movie.  Though I guess it 
might be worth exploring this ccache thing Matthew brought up recently.

What I was trying to say is - I agree with Matthew.  Sometimes Linux 
boxen are good at doing a lot of things slowly (as opposed to Windows 
boxen which are good at doing zero or one things slowly) - so there's no 
reason your web server can't also be your mail server, Zope server, 
apt-proxy, kernel compiler, DNS server, NTP server and coffee maker.  I 
have two machines which are essential to my network's health - the 
router and the "infrastructure support" machine.  Everything else can be 
switched off when not in use (discussion about hard drives not liking to 
be switched off/on can be had elsewhere ;)


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