I recently had a Celeron 500 that I wanted to install for my flatmate to use as an internet/email machine.
All evidence points to the 2.6 kernel being better on old hardware than 2.4, and in general support for hardware increases as you have newer software, so I thought I'd try installing Fedora Core 2 (then test3) on the machine. I've heard good things about the XFCE desktop environment, so I installed that.
The machine started out with 64mb of RAM and took an ice age to install (I think it's about the RPM database needing to be in RAM at install time). It quickly got upgraded to 192mb RAM, which isn't exactly "new modern specs" but is a machine that was better specced than many machines we had at the recent installfest.
I ran a quick, responsive, usable desktop environment on a 286 at 10Mhz. Linux was basically unusable on this machine. Software took an age to load, you could hardly run two things at the same time, and it was constantly in swap. The options seemed to be "run Windows 98" (the OS the machine was originally shipped with), or get some sort of Linux distribution that was around the same age. The Fedora Legacy project provides security updates for Red Hat as far back as 7.3, but I really don't want to run old software. In the end I found a surprising third option - I installed Windows XP and turned off most of the flash visual bits and pieces, and ended up with a usable machine running modern software. Not something that I wanted to have to do!
There's a long standing belief that Linux can be used to revitalise old hardware. Short of using a terminal server of some description (which wasn't an option in this case), is this true?
I'm currently writing a rather extensive tutorial on how to install and
configure Slackware 9.1 (http://gabes.orcon.net.nz/slackware_install.html).
It's so extensive in fact that it would be stupid for someone to try and
print it all out. Instead of getting them to print it out beforehand, I
thought I could get them to save the page to a floppy and bring it up in Lynx
before starting the installation ie. insert the install cd-rom, login as
root, switch to a virtual console, mount the floppy disk, and read the
webpage with lynx. That way they could keep switching back to the virtual
console and reading the next step while setup was running. The problem was
that lynx was not included as an executable on the disk (it was obviously
avaliable as a package-yet-to-be-installed).
I was now faced with the problem of not having access to a web browser with
which to read the tutorial. The first thing I did was try and copy the lynx
binary (/usr/bin/lynx) on my (already installed) system onto the same floppy
disk as the saved webpage. When I tried to run it, it complained about a
missing library (which is logical considering that I only copied the
My next thought was to get one of those Linux floppy-based Linux distributions
(which usually has lynx). The problem is that I have no idea how I could load
it (the floppy-based distro) once I had already booted the install cd.
To reiterate, here's my problem:
I need to run lynx from the slackware installation cd so I can read a file
stored on a floppy disk. Lynx (as an exectutable) isn't found on the disk.
How would I be able to run lynx from a floppy disk?
Note: The Slackware install disks work as live distro before you start the
actual installation (ie. you can login and do partitioning, mounting,
Personally I think that spam will not go away with new laws. Certainly
some laws could be enhanced to give them scope to cover spam type acts
but ultimately the problem is with technology not law.
Certain things should be made illegal. Ie, domain or email forging. If
you don't have permission from the domain or email owner to use an email
address the address owner should be able to sue/prosecute.
However the problem really is technological. SMTP is too trusting. We
need ways of verifying the authenticity of sender addresses and their
sources. If methods like SPF were universally adopted and turned on by
default much of the problem with spam would go away.
People could still send spam. But they would have to do it via
"legitimate" servers. Ie, ones they owned. It would then be a case of
blocking those servers/networks that repeatedly offended.
People will argue that they shouldn't need to block servers. People
should just stop sending spam. This however is more problematic than
you might think. The problem with spam is not that it is unsolicited or
commercial or bulk but rather that it is unwanted. The problem however
is that you don't know it is unwanted until you read it.
For example, say someone was overtly generous and very rich (and perhaps
slightly crazy). If they send 2 million email messages to randomly
harvested addresses giving them information on how to get a $100 would
this mail necessarily be unwanted by the recipients. In today's
environment people would be highly suspicious of this email but for the
sake of argument imagine that the offer was legit. Why should this
behaviour be illegal? Similarly would it be illegal to send 2 million
snail mail envelopes to randomly selected addresses with $100 stuffed
into each? People would be falling over themselves to get on this
I believe all we need is good law regarding fraud, false advertising,
pornography and commercial entity identification accompanied by good
user driven technology that enables network administrators to lock the
bad guys out.
So, everyone should configure their mail server with SPF immediately!
Oliver Jones » Director » oliver.jones(a)deeperdesign.com » +64 (21) 41
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I looked at the site, am totally clueless, will
have to learn a little more about the o/s basics before I
attempt to take this further.
> Have a look at dri.sourceforge.net. You may need to
> install one of dev snapshots. I have a Mobility U1
> (IGP320M) on my laptop and 3D acceleration works fine
> with this. I get similar fps to the Windows versions.
> MergedFB however is broken for this chip and it doesn't
> work with 2 monitors at once. I had to fool it into
> thinking that the LCD doesn't exist to be able to set the
> framerate on the CRT port to something other than 60 Hz.
> Glenn Ramsey <glenn(a)componic.co.nz> 07 8627077
> wlug mailing list | wlug(a)list.waikato.ac.nz
I'm trying to create a new folder within the 'guncom' folder but can't.
However I can create a new folder in the 'gun' folder.
> [gun@LinuxBox home]$ ls
> gun guncom
> [gun@LinuxBox home]$ cd guncom
> [gun@LinuxBox guncom]$ mkdir testsharing
> mkdir: cannot create directory `testsharing': Permission denied
> [gun@LinuxBox guncom]$ cd ..
> [gun@LinuxBox home]$ cd gun
> [gun@LinuxBox gun]$ mkdir whozyadaddy
> [gun@LinuxBox gun]$
Any help with this would be appreciated.
The government is currently requesting information from "interested
parties" about drafting legislation against spam, as can be found here:
As the LUG is a concentration of technically minded users, it seems that
we would be a good candidate to put forward some comments.
The government have asked 22 specific questions which are documented at
the URL above. I've created a wiki page for people to discuss their
ideas with the hope that in about a months time (when the submissions
are due) we can take the comments and merge them into some kind of prose
to submit to the government.
After reading the above document, go over to
http://www.wlug.org.nz/LegislatingAgainstSpam and add your comments :)
I am having a few of problems with fedora 2. The ati
rage mobility card is working very slowly, ie chrominum is
slow, choppy, cursor uncontrolable. programme is hard to get
out of. Tux racer is working but very slow and graphics are
Also on boot it is not loading eth0 xircom cb for
some reason. I still managed to configure the modem and can
get on line.
I have no clue on text editting so please just use
small words and type slowly. :)
Any help appreciated John (newbie) Thompson.
I have two wifi PCMCIA card's I am willing to trade below:
1 * Netgear HA501 - 802.11a
1 * Belkin F5D6020 ver2 - 802.11b
Neither of these work under my current OS (FreeBSD) and I am wanting to
trade these two for a single 802.11b card that will work under FreeBSD
(prism2 /prism2.5 chipset)