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Re: [SuSE Linux] Help in Norfolk, Va
- From: samelash@xxxxxxxxxxxxx (Samy Elashmawy)
- Date: Sat, 28 Nov 1998 14:47:29 +0000
- Message-id: <184.108.40.206.19981128144729.00e34d30@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
I suspect SuSE would be as easy, with the
>added advantage of YaST to 'hold my hand' and enable me to do an even better
>job. (Formatting and partitioning of the 4 HD's took a while - but the
>system and all the applications installed in about 15 Minutes!! )
Yast is realy graet. The 5.3 book that comes with the official version is
aslo fantastic. I am new to linux , and had it installed in a couple of
hours. I ended up loading linux on my machine and exporting(sharing) the
cdrom , as the 486 has no cdrom. It then took me a coiple of days to get
samba working right as well. Now I can access the cdrom on the other
machine when running linux or win98. You also may want to get a copy of
fips , which is a dos formating tool or partionmagic. This will make life
unfortunitly I broke the cdrom , and will be getting a new one tomorrow at
a pc fair.
>What about the idea of using old PC's as terminals to run Applixware, say,
>from a server...? Could a 386 be fast enough as an X terminal? I imagine
>the server have to be something faster than the above?
Like I said , I havent tried x on the 486 , as it only has 8 meg of ram
and a .5 dig hard drive. As I understand form the list , the bottle neck is
ram , not so much the cpu , My gut feeling is that in your case , the 386
and the ram willboth be the bottle neck. My only sugestion would be to put
in as much ram as possable , and use a verry thin/minimalist xwindow
managers. The smaller the better. there is one on the suse distribution
noted as a minamilist x window manager. Post a note to suse or the list ,
or some one just jump in.
> We're tripping over all our old 386's...
>We'd really like to get these guys into a position where they can do simple
>audio recording/editing on a PC then exchange files - either Real Audio or
>Mpeg3 - with us over the Internet. If this sort of thing was practical on
>386's and 486's, then we'd be a lot more likely to be able to accomodate
>them at low cost. (With the average exchange rate-to the Dollar these days,
>a reasonable Pentium system is likely to cost about as much as a luxury
>house in Lusaka )
Well , you need to realy look into text mod3e programs wherever possable ,
or use the minamilist x window manager.
>Even without a GUI, Linux should be useable for sampling and encoding audio,
>and transfers via FTP could be automated very easily. (I'm busy
>experimenting - and would welcome any suggestions re. Linux audio software)
orry cant help hear , I am to new to this aspect coming from a win98 workd
where everthing is taken forgranted.
>Incidentally - you'd laugh if you ever saw the demo's I give to some
>'professional broadcasters...' I had two from Norway the other day - I was
>telling them how you can use an ordinary PC, a cheap soundcard and Cool-edit
>to do "professional quality audio" - they thought I was a total A***hole....
>(it was written all across their faces!) until we took them into the studio,
>and on our R1 000 000-00 system played them a file that one of our
>Journalists had recorded and edited at home on his 200 mHz P1 "Chinese
>Special" , then uploaded via HTTP using Genesis and an HTML form on our
>webpages. They listened to the stuff and were struck dumb - they couldn't
>fault it! Tee Hee....! (Quite made my day....!)
there you go , Show em first , then explian how you did it. Here in the
usa we are spioled by the hardware and goo internet access. If your peaple
have never used it , then they wont realize what they are missing. Stick to
the "do it yourself" methode of building your own hardware , There you can
save money , and bypass the exclusive distributers and get more bang for
Make sure thet the hardware you buy in supported by linux , and if you
stick to the "not so new/cutting edge" hardare you should be fine. With
linux you can use the older hardware and nver even know it is older ? thats
how well it works.
Another great resouce is a book with All the faqs in one volume .
Hardcaover and inexpensive. It much better than dling and prining them out.
Its got everthing in it a-z. Let me know if you want the title , It not
hear in the office now.
><A HREF="http://www.channelafrica.org"><A HREF="http://www.channelafrica.org</A">http://www.channelafrica.org</A</A>>
>From: Samy Elashmawy <samelash@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>To: suse-linux-e@xxxxxxxx <suse-linux-e@xxxxxxxx>
>Date: 28 November 1998 05:19
>Subject: Re: [SuSE Linux] Help in Norfolk, Va
>>>perhaps can't really get themselves into quite the same trouble as with
>>>Windows.... ? Or should I wait another year or two....?
>>At least they won't be able to load those pesky games.
>>I would sugest you go for it on a trial basis with a few users who you feel
>>can pretty nmuch leqarn on there own , and who wont need 24/7 handholding.
>>or you could go as far as puting two boxes on there desk. Linux runs nicly
>>on old hardware , you must have some setting somewhere , just try to add as
>>much ram , However with xwindows you will want something more powerfull
>>than a 486 , go for pentuims and just add more ram.
>>I have two cpus in the office , the third and fourth sort of fell by the
>>wayside , It seams that once a year while I am overseas , Windows screws up
>>, and needs to be reinstalled. I am currently working on setting up a
>>server here with linux on it for the data. next as soon as I sort out the
>>software issues , i will add/convert to linux. With the dual boot feature ,
>>I can run both , and slowly move the apps over to linux.
>>I set up an old 486/66 with 8m of ram as a samba server , and was shocked
>>at how well it preformed. It was chioking on win 3.1 , but runs linux very
>>nicely , However I wouoldent dream of running xwindows on it , So I'll make
>>use of it elswere.
>>Bottom line , linux takes more time to set up , but you end up with better
>>stability . Give it a try.
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