[kwlug-disc] kwlug-disc_kwlug.org Digest, Vol 14, Issue 17

Stephen Palmateer stephen.palmateer at gmail.com
Thu Jan 7 16:48:23 EST 2010


Paul,

I'd be interested in purchasing some RAM perhaps.

Stephen Palmateer

On Thu, Jan 7, 2010 at 3:37 AM, <kwlug-disc-request at kwlug.org> wrote:

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>   1. OT: Computer collection for labs (Paul Nijjar)
>   2. Re: good live CD to test laptops in store (Khalid Baheyeldin)
>   3. Re: good live CD to test laptops in store (John Kerr)
>   4. Re: good live CD to test laptops in store (Robert P. J. Day)
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> Message: 1
> Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 16:52:12 -0500
> From: Paul Nijjar <paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca>
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] OT: Computer collection for labs
> To: kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
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> Yo homies,
>
> We have a few sets of computers that we are looking to distribute. Our
> default option is to sell the computers individually, but if there is
> a good organization that needs a computer lab we could distribute them
> as a group. The advantage is that they are all the same make and
> model, and most of them are pretty reliable. However, they are older
> and slower (some of you have smartphones that are more powerful).
>
> One lot consists of Dell GX110s, with Pentium 3 processors
> (500-900Mhz), some amount of RAM (at least 256MB RAM each) and
> probably 20GB hard drives or bigger. There are about 60 computers in
> this lot. We were using these for our staff computers, and although
> the machines are slower they are pretty solid.
>
> The second lot consists of computers that all have K7S5A motherboards,
> with 800-1000MHz AMD processors. I think these have 256MB RAM as well,
> with hard drives in the 20GB range. We have about 16 of these.
>
> Finally we have a lot of quite old Compaq computers. They are Pentium
> 2 and Pentium 3 computers with 128MB RAM and 6GB hard drives.
>
> In addition to these lab-ready computers there are also a few iMacs
> floating around, which we can let go really cheap. They are the old
> green ones (not slot loading). For a long time we have been trying to
> get some distro working well with them, but we have not had a lot of
> success.
>
> I imagine that these computers are too old for people to want to set
> up labs with them. However, if you know of a good home for them then
> please let us know soon. I don't have exact pricing information, but
> it's safe to assume that prices are pretty negotiable.
>
> You can contact me or Charles if you are interested.
>
> - Paul
>
>
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> Message: 2
> Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 18:16:53 -0500
> From: Khalid Baheyeldin <kb at 2bits.com>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] good live CD to test laptops in store
> To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
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> I have not tried USBs. Easier to burn the CD ISO as it was downloaded I
> guess.
>
> I have tried bootable CDs at Futureshop, Staples and Best Buy. At Staples,
> they lock the laptops in a "cradle/cage", which blocks the CD. I would ask
> that I need to boot a CD, and they always obliged. Even when not doing
> this,
> no one objected. Some would look curiously and then I tell them this is
> Linux. I sometimes give them the CD itself too.
>
> On Wed, Jan 6, 2010 at 3:43 PM, Insurance Squared Inc. <
> gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:
>
> >  What the heck do the 16 year olds at best buy do when you folks walk in
> > and start pluggin in usb sticks into their laptops? :)
> >
> >
> > Raul Suarez wrote:
> >
> > Why a CD? why not a bootable USB? These days it is more likely that you
> will find computers with USB ports than CDs.
> >
> > And I think that you know the obvious "Linux" answer. Take a live CD/USB
> of the distribution/Desktop environment you are most likely to use.
> >
> > I guess taking several wouldn't bee too bad. I have had mixed success
> with Hibernation and Auto suspend on lid close for example.
> >
> > Some load the Synaptic driver for the touchpad, some you have to do it
> yourself.
> >
> > Me? I would take an ubuntu, puppy and SuSE.
> >
> > Raul Suarez
> >
> > Technology consultant
> > Software, Hardware and Practices
> > _________________http://rarsa.blogspot.com/
> > An eclectic collection of random thoughts
> >
> >
> > --- On Wed, 1/6/10, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> <
> rpjday at crashcourse.ca> wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >  From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> <rpjday at crashcourse.ca>
> > Subject: [kwlug-disc] good live CD to test laptops in store
> > To: "KWLUG discussion list" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org> <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org
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> > Received: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 11:57 AM
> >
> >   i'm thinking of taking along a live CD/DVD to test
> > various laptops
> > for linux compatibility at a couple computer stores.
> > is there any
> > particular live version that people have found that is more
> > useful
> > and/or informative than the others?  a good distro
> > that will really
> > stress test the box?  thanks.
> >
> > rday
> > --
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> > ========================================================================
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> >
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> Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2010 16:34:16 -0800 (PST)
> From: John Kerr <jkerr0102 at rogers.com>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] good live CD to test laptops in store
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> Hello everyone
>
> to find a Distro that will work with the hardware I would suggest Super OS
>
> http://hacktolive.org/wiki/Super_OS
>
> It should be able to put the computer to the test. It also has a USB key
> install.
>
> Cheers
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> John
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> --- On Wed, 1/6/10, Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca> wrote:
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> From: Robert P. J. Day <rpjday at crashcourse.ca>
> Subject: [kwlug-disc] good live CD to test laptops in store
> To: "KWLUG discussion list" <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2010, 4:57 PM
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>
> ? i'm thinking of taking along a live CD/DVD to test various laptops
> for linux compatibility at a couple computer stores.? is there any
> particular live version that people have found that is more useful
> and/or informative than the others?? a good distro that will really
> stress test the box?? thanks.
>
> rday
> --
>
> ========================================================================
> Robert P. J. Day? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ???Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
>
> ? ? ? ? ? ? Linux Consulting, Training and Kernel Pedantry.
>
> Web page:? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? http://crashcourse.ca
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> Date: Thu, 7 Jan 2010 03:37:17 -0500 (EST)
> From: "Robert P. J. Day" <rpjday at crashcourse.ca>
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] good live CD to test laptops in store
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> On Wed, 6 Jan 2010, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
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> > I have not tried USBs. Easier to burn the CD ISO as it was downloaded I
> guess.
> >
> > I have tried bootable CDs at Futureshop, Staples and Best Buy. At
> > Staples, they lock the laptops in a "cradle/cage", which blocks the
> > CD. I would ask that I need to boot a CD, and they always obliged.
> > Even when not doing this, no one objected. Some would look curiously
> > and then I tell them this is Linux. I sometimes give them the CD
> > itself too.
>
>  i was down at office depot and the salesdweeb had no problem with my
> bringing in a live CD/DVD to test.
>
> rday
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> Robert P. J. Day                               Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA
>
>            Linux Consulting, Training and Kernel Pedantry.
>
> Web page:                                          http://crashcourse.ca
> Twitter:                                       http://twitter.com/rpjday
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