August Memoirs: Ancient Hardware

In the Higgins Stronghold, we have a wifi network for our internet connection and most of the computers are networked together and share a printer. One of the upgrades for our network is a Network Attached Storage (NAS) Drive, so that we have more space and I can schedule backups, etc.

In the mean time, I took some ancient part and put together something of a museum piece… a 200MHz, 64MB Ram, with 4GB Hard Drive, no Floppy Drive, and a 24x CD-R drive. So when you have a computer of this Power what can you put on here that will work? Windows 3.1? Windows 95/98?

Nah, I wanted to try something FREE and powerful for the computer. So, I tried Linux, Ubuntu 8.04 first. However not even Ubuntu could load up on this machine. So I asked the Almighty Linux Knowing Dpal-In-Law on what options I might have for this archaic system. I remembered a version of Linux that I had played around with called Puppy Linux. I had seen a post by LifeHacker.com about putting Puppy Linux on a USB Drive and could load Puppy Linux on a computer and work from it.

Well, one of the suggestions from Dpal was Puppy Linux. Sure enough, it did work. So, I have Puppy Linux running on this computer. Now, I have to plug it up to network (hard wired) and see if I can get it to talk to the other computers… that’ll free up some space for someone at least until I can get a NAS drive.

Here’s a picture of our kitchen table my laboratory:

ubuntu linux

(you can click it for a bigger pic)

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