[clug] old computer
paulway at mabula.net
Mon Nov 28 10:05:18 GMT 2005
RacHagema at netscape.net wrote:
> I have an old pentium mmx 233 mhz laptop with 32MB of ram and a 5gig HD.
> Does anyone have any suggestions on any interesting uses of such a low powered device involving linux?
> I'm thinking of using it as a server of some description.
Certainly if it's got USB, hanging some drives off it and keeping it on its
charger would be a good way to have some NAS in a cupboard that didn't mind
getting a bit hot. It'd also be good as a firewall provided you can get two
network adapters - inbuilt or PCMCIA. You could also use it as a console for
a home automation system. At the very least, save the 2.5" HDD for a fanless
SmoothWall installation or a small portable drive.
> Someone I know suggested running this as a front end client for a mythtv back end.
I have a feeling that it's not going to be fast enough to play full-screen
movies in software, and it's almost certain that you won't have an MPEG2
hardware decoder on the video...
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