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skywhisperer
skywhisperer
Current project.
(you know, posting every day is more difficult then I thought)

My next quest is to get my backup mail server up. I've got an old Compaq sitting in my living room, currently with a copy of Win95 on it.

Last night, I put in the network card and a USB card (so it will plug into my switchbox), and started downloading Fedora Core 2. After much frustration with the RedHat servers, I finally got the 4 CDs downloading from a mirror site this morning.

I'm debating if it's worth putting X on it. I've never tried before, this has some sort of proprietary video hardware, and I'm not sure it's worth the hassle. After all, I just want it to run a mail queue in the event my main box goes down, and I want to be able to use it as backup storage device.

But I feel like I'm not really a geek if I'm not running X.

Current Mood: busy busy

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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: September 3rd, 2004 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)

Old machine?

Running X (well certainly with a modern desktop distro) might not be too great on ancient circa. Win95 hardware - it'll prolly thrash a bit (although I suspect Fedora Core 2 will be much better than RedHat 8, judging by my experience).

With old Compaq hardware, I've had great success with OpenBSD and either no X, or just basic X + fvwm (or icewm, or something like that). 'pf' on OpenBSD simply rocks. The installer for OpenBSD is like installing Linux in 1993 (i.e. it's very barebones), but I can get a complete OpenBSD install up and running in literally 10 minutes - it's *very* fast to install once you've done it a couple of times.

My next OpenBSD project will be a connection pooling firewall (pooling two ADSL links and providing automatic failover). Pf can handle connection pooling quite happily. I will write Perl scripts to deal with the 'A' records to switch off incoming traffic to a dead link.

skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 3rd, 2004 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Old machine?

If I get stuck, you can help me when you're here next.

Thanks!
alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: September 3rd, 2004 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)

Oh, before I forget...

...if it's normal Compaq on-board video, the X.org X server which comes with FC2, or XFree86 which comes with OpenBSD has supported it for years. It's the Intel i810 X server you want. I'm willing to bet that FC2 will automatically select this for you; with OpenBSD you have to run XF86Config the old fashioned way.

If not, virtually all hardware works if you select 'vesa', you just won't get accelerated 3D (not that this matters for this machine).
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