*nix on "classic" systems
onymouse at garlic.com
Sat Apr 14 14:21:30 CDT 2007
Generic ISA/VESA motherboard, 486DX-33, 16Mb RAM, 64Mb swap, VESA w/
8Mb RAM, 1280x1024x24 colour.
Linux 0.99, fvwm, X11R3, one local X session + one remote X session (@
Typically 5 or 6 desktops w/ 4 windows each, about 10 xterms, some
miscellaneous X apps, a couple X clients or so on the VAXen, etc.
Much better than the officially approved motif and DECWindoze at the time.
Worked just fine, even while running batch jobs for the report stuff
the VAX could not do.
Also had a few telnet sessions going on rather frequently from remotes.
And ran the http server on the box, too. Almost forgot about that one...
Used the Andrew Mail System. Heyyuva lot better than the garbage-gui
clients now available. Certainly better than Netscape Mail at the
That was just one of the several 486DX and 386DX systems I used for
Linux at the time. They worked so well that it was not until after the
Celeron came out that I got new hardware.
Maybe I was just too ignorant at the time to know that all this was
impossible. Come to think of it, a lot of people didn't believe that
all that stuff happened in that tiny box that
Never tried sysV or Xenix: The price to feature ratio was a bad joke.
And support, especially from SCO... Well, I've seen cowpies provide
better tech support.
BSD wouldn't run well, if at all.
Any simple idea will be worded in the most complicated way.
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