NetBSD and old hardware curiosity

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Tue Jun 20 17:06:15 CDT 2006

You know, an 800 MHz P3 isn't exactly state of the art, but it's not a
slouch either.  I did a fresh installation of NetBSD, transferred the
pkgsrc stuff and then chdir-ed to /usr/pkgsrc/x11/gnome-desktop and did a

That was yesterday.   Granted, it's had to go out and grab some packages
and updates off the net, but it's not spending any appreciable time online.

At some point yesterday, things started getting slower and slower, so I
killed the make and shutdown and restarted.  It's still cranking, but it
doesn't look stuck like it did yesterday.  Memory leak somewhere, perhaps?

During this exercise, I just kept thinking "...and guys with a MicroVAX do


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