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Posted by voxelman on 02-12-2001 09:28 PM:
Originally posted by Scutter:
Well, I currently have 7 PC's, three Mac's, and a VAX (not counting the TiVo). Which one do you wanna know about?
Cooool! It sounds like your as into collecting hardware as I am. My current stable includes 3 Silicon Graphics Workstations (R5K O2, R10K 02, Dual CPU Octane), 1 Power Macintosh G3, and 8 PCs of various flavors (HP XE2 Omnibook, 2 Micron Millennia P3-500s, Micron Millenia VX P2-400, 2 Gateway 2000 P-90, Gateway 2000 P-120, Gateway 2000 P-75).
All of the PCs but the HP were picked up at an business office closing this past Friday. Most are working and include Windows 98SE. Also included were 4 17" monitors. Now I need to choose which of the PCs to keep and which to sell off.
I do development on whichever machine I happen to sit down at. They range from 486's with 16MB up to a P4/1.6GHz with 512MB, running a variety of operating systems, including Windows, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, Solaris, MacOS, etc. I don't really have a favorite. They each have their strengths and weaknesses.
Ok, but if you wanted to choose one to suggest to a relative newbie which one would it be?
So given my above menagerie:
1) Which one of the PCs do you think would serve as a good entry level machine for TiVo hacking? (I'm leaning towards one of the P3-500s)
2) Which Linux distro would it be good to use? (I'm leaning towards Red Hat 7.0 but I've gotten some indications that 6.2 is more stable.)
Prior to making the purchase I spent some time determining the Linux compatability of the various platforms. The Micron Millennia has a motherboard based on the Intel 440BX core. The Linux Hardware Database (http://lhd.datapower.com/) has reports of a couple of people being able to get Linux up on these boards successfully. Dylan's Boot Disk boots on all of them.
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[This message has been edited by voxelman (edited 02-12-2001).]
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