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Your thoughts would be appreciated as I don't fancy losing anything on this machine!
Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful. Just thought I would give your post a push up to see if anyone else had any ideas.
Save the 200 bucks and slap Linux on the old box. Learn how to configure it, learn user management, (the $200 box from Wally World insists that you are root)and spend some time playing with it.
I'm not even going to begin to start the which Linux is better arguments. :) If you want to get familiar with Linux then slap it on a new P4 box I suggest either Red Hat 7.0 or Turbolinux 6. The other versions have issues with P4 chips, getting used to say MandrakeSoft then finding out it won't recognize P4 chips can make people cranky.
If you've already got the old box just sitting there then Linux is a natural choice for it. ;)
[edited by: digitalghost at 9:46 pm (utc) on Oct. 3, 2002]
You may consider buying a few unofficial CDs and try out different distros to see which flavor you like the best. linuxcentral.com and cheapbytes.com both have unofficial CDs at very reasonable prices -- for example linuxcentral has Mandrake 8.2 for $6.
Most people agree that Redhat and Mandrake are two good places for a newcomer to start. Mandrake is very easy to setup -- most say that it is an easier install than MS.
I forget how I did it, but I was a complete newbie and it worked first time.
The dual-boot option wasn't right for me, too many reboots.
I agre with the otheres, use the old machine if you need XP.
I have a Laptop with XP and a desktop running Mandrake with Windows 98 running under Win4Lin.
Got the best of all worlds:)
My old machine is a P133 with 128k RAM. Will this be sufficient?
I've got an old P166 with 128mb RAM running Apache (with mod_php4 and mod_ssl (patched, script kidiots can leave me alone)), Bind9, Exim, OpenSSH, CUPS, pop3s and imaps servers, and PostgreSQL serving 7 low-load domains (three unique ones, really, as I have .com, .net, and .org of two, and just .org of my name because someone else beat me to .com and .net). It works fine, not even a high load average. (0.0 right now, though analog says this is my slow time.)
Before it was placed in this role, the same machine was my desktop system though much of college. My desktop envornment, though, was nothing like what I run now. fvwm2 and Xfree86 3.x worked great. You try to load KDE or Gnome, though, and it will bog right down. Mozilla literally takes several minutes to start. I remember running Netscape 4.x and StarOffice 5 on it happily, though. (In fact, as long as I wasn't trying to run inside Gome or KDE, StarOffice 5 started in the same ammount of time as it did on my Athlon 750.)(For values of 'happily' appropriate to NN4, of course - frustrating, but not as bad as IE4 imnsho)
As for cheap cds, if you can't find anything better, I'll burn you a copy of any distro that makes ISO images available for download and mail it for the cost of postage and media. There's probably something better out there, though, since that involves sending a package across the Atlantic.