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Re: [opensuse] Why is RasPi worth more effort than older PCs? or Macs?
Carlos E. R. said the following on 01/06/2014 09:25 PM:

And years ago, one of Linux advantages was precissely being able to run
on older hardware, contrary to Windows requiring hardware upgrades on
each version upgrade.

Has openSUSE abandoned this goal?

The machines I pull out of the Closet of Anxieties are old W/98 and W/XP machines with an 800MHz single core CPU and 512M or 1G of memory and a 20G or 40G drive.

I test them with Knoppix/KDE Live but all the ones that work and have 1G of memory run openSuse 12.3 and LXDE or XFCE. It loads on a 20G drive. I haven't been able to get it to install with only 512M of memory, but a disk installed on a 'larger' machine will run on a 512M machine. It doesn't do well in GUI mode but if you want a firewall or a DNS/DHCP server or similar, then the 512M model is OK.

I've also taken one of the 1G memory models and dropped a half-T drive in it to do NFS/SAMBA and the Windows users on the LAN were quite happy with it as an archive. I'm sure I could use one, or even share one to do same web server, a 'departmental wiki'.

I tried a Fedora-19 USB stick in one but there was a problem with the graphics. I didn't waste time trying to find out the reason as it ran openSuse 12.3 OK.



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