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Re: Your Oldest Useful System
« Reply #15 on: 08. May 2016, 23:19:49 »
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System:    Host: asterix Kernel: 4.5.2-1-ARCH i686 (32 bit gcc: 5.3.0) Desktop: Openbox 3.6.1
           Distro: ArchBang Linux
Machine:   System: Hewlett-Packard (portable) product: N/A v: F.14
           Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 3088 v: KBC Version 39.2A
           Bios: Hewlett-Packard v: 68DTD Ver. F.14 date: 07/27/2006
Battery    C174: charge: 624.6 Wh 6246400.0% condition: 0.0/0.0 Wh (100%)
           model: Hewlett-Packard Primary status: N/A
CPU:       Single core Intel Celeron M (-UP-) cache: 1024 KB flags: (sse sse2) bmips: 3735 speed: 1866 MHz (max)
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: N/A drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 144x49
Network:   Card-1: Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG [Calexico2] Network Connection
           driver: ipw2200 v: 1.2.2kmprq bus-ID: 02:04.0
           IF: wlp2s4 state: up mac: 00:15:00:23:cc:ff
           Card-2: Broadcom BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX driver: b44 v: 2.0 bus-ID: 02:0e.0
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:12:79:c2:f2:3d
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 40.0GB (15.6% used) ID-1: /dev/sda model: WDC_WD400UE size: 40.0GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 37G used: 5.9G (17%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
Info:      Processes: 94 Uptime: 34 min Memory: 990.9/1503.7MB Init: systemd Gcc sys: 6.1.1
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.421) inxi: 2.3.0

Still used on a daily basis for all my browsing, email, youtube etc.

My desktop is a beast running Win10 but I use it 99% for gaming.

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Re: Your Oldest Useful System
« Reply #16 on: 09. May 2016, 13:49:57 »
Brief small sample observation:
With the notable exception of the 30 year old programmable calculator (!) the average age of an old system is about 10 years. This is probably a rolling age difference. I can remember when I started installing Linux in 2007, I was able to get it working on Pentium and Pentium II machines from 1997 and 1998. That was approx. a 10 year age difference too.

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Re: Your Oldest Useful System
« Reply #17 on: 09. May 2016, 14:01:12 »
IPCop, the specialised Linux kernel based firewall would happily run on a PII. I ran it for years on an old Dell PIII, (which I still have tucked away in the shed - details on the wiki page link above). That machine is still capable of running but my modem/routers have been incompatible with IPCop (even though the router has to be run in passthrough mode).
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Re: Your Oldest Useful System
« Reply #18 on: 09. May 2016, 16:52:12 »
My oldest, still usable system (in Manjaro terms) is a 2001 Medion (Aldi) Pentium III. Works perfectly fine, but it's not in use anymore.
Also have an old Compaq from 1996 which still works, but not with Manjaro as it only has 48 MB RAM and is 586. Also, 1 MB of video RAM means only 800x600x16 resolution :)

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Re: Your Oldest Useful System
« Reply #19 on: 09. May 2016, 23:29:32 »
My oldest useful machine at the moment is my daily driver, a 2004 Dell Inspiron 600m (Pentium M) laptop with 2G ram and a 160G ATA drive.

I have an old tower kicking around here that may (or may not) be older and may get pressed into use as an in-house iCloud machine.

I gave away my beloved old Kaypro II (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaypro) 15 years ago. Of course, I can imagine a few problems trying to install Manjaro on it!

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Re: Your Oldest Useful System
« Reply #20 on: 11. May 2016, 14:01:52 »
The oldest machine I ever got Linux working on was a 1997 Fujitsu Lifebook that had a Pentium 133 and 80 MB of RAM. I managed to get Deli Linux installed on it via a net install. The machine had no CD-ROM and would not boot from a flash drive. I did manage to run a GUI though, once I got the whole system installed. The basic system went on via a couple of floppies.
I had a PCMCIA card with an ethernet port for getting online. The processor was way too slow for wifi. It was fun though.