Got a friend with a big idea here, wants to set up a cybercafe in Cross
hands (Nr Llanelli). I've posted the information he sent me for your
perusal - I've sugessted buying a big server and running Linux Terminal
Services on it (
). Anybody with any other suggestions ?
Many thanks for all your encouragment this evening. The equipment we have received from
PHLS is as follows:
Ex Notes server (I think its a Pentium 166)
Viglen file server: This is a big empty box but may prove useful if we want to build a
Its a DX50 486 based nachine with a SCSI drive I think it's floppy has had it, but
then, I think I'll have stacks of spares!
Viglen PC. This was a 386 SX25 but has a DAT drive for backup and I think it may have
the SCSI for the scanner
Viglen PC's x 2: These are bog standard 486 SX25's (but I've got extra
memory for them)
AST Bravo - not sure, probably a 486DX
AJP (dreadful machine, currently without a video card, but that's in the Ex Notes
server above as we had to free up a PCI slot
to take an extra network card. I've got the original PCI card somewhere)
Apricot XEN-1 must be a 286
7 monitors (various)
2 x HP Laserjet 3's (one maked as dead)
That's the lot from the PHLS. However, I have also got a PC from Sue Harrison which
according to the paperwork is a Cyrix
MII 333 based machine.
I also have 3 Pentiums that were described thus:
"Pick up a quality 2nd PC with these bargain Pentium PC base units that we are
prepared to sell for only £30 each. These
are Elonex PC5100 systems in good working order. They currently have an Intel Pentium
100MHz Processor. Importantly
they are TRT PCI.2C Motherboards that are upgradeable to 200MHz. Depending on your luck
They have 16 between to
32MB RAM, 1091MB Hard Drive is fully formatted and brought to C: prompt(they will of
course compress to over
double). A Drive & Graphics card. These are good quality, upgradeable systems and a
good home system as well as a
super business or college work PC all for trade prices."
Finally, we have another PC and monitor etc offered by one of the Cross Hands shops.
Project budget is around £3,500 (including VAT). I need to get on and order the ISDN
line (although ADSL may be an option
in Cross Hands, but we could only afford the base price which I believe has to be USB
based, so may not be an option -
urgent advice here please as I would need to get on and order the ISDN line soon).
I also have to get 3 quotes and place an order for the server and other goods by 7th
So, can we have your server thoughts ASAP. Not all the budget can go on the server, we
need to retain about £800 for the
desks (view thru style, as discussed) I was aiming to get diouble units and end up with 8
workstations in the first instance.
And really finally, you mentioned a web site for the project. We currently have
crosshands.org.uk but specifically for the
project, I though of cyberXhands.com
. It's available (as is every other
cyberXhands). If that makes sense to you to have a
separate web site, I'll get on and register it and start building a small site
Many thanks once again. I have left a message with Gareth but I don't think he
would have any hesitation in us offering the
use of the church building for the local Linux user group to use. This would certainly
fit with our aims to get further involved
with the community, which is what the project is all about in the first place.
Any Comments would be gratefully appreciated. I will post more when I've
had a think about it :-)
Have a really good 'free' christmas!