[kwlug-disc] Open Source intro handout

L.D. Paniak ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com
Wed Apr 29 21:30:04 EDT 2009

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Sorry guys, 1997 called and they want their hardware back.

It is true that modern distros are not geared to run well on
"closet-ware".  They are aimed to give the typical user the best
experience (bells, whistles, spinning windows, etc.) on hardware they
will most likely be using. A P4 system with a gig of RAM can be had
today for south of $100 so I'm not sure it makes sense to cater to the
previous generation(s) of hardware.  Besides, the older hardware just
does not have enough computing power to do many multimedia tasks that
users expect, regardless of the OS.

Like Kyle says, it takes a certain amount of finesse to make decent PII
desktop system.  The fact that we can take up the challenge is one of
the best parts of Open Source.

Kyle Spaans wrote:
> On Wed, Apr 29, 2009 at 8:22 PM, Chris Frey <cdfrey at foursquare.net> wrote:
>> Linux on a PII with 256megs of RAM just can't compete with Windows on
>> a P4 with a gig of RAM.  Some may think that's an unreasonable expectation,
>> but I don't.
> Neither do I. I think it can be done too. The only problem is that I
> imagine it would only
> work with Gentoo, a custom kernel, and a _window manager_ rather than a desktop
> environment. Not the kind of thing a user can do in their first try,
> but maybe an
> experienced enough friend.
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