Joined: Feb. 2005
||Posted: Mar. 05 2005,18:32
I met Aw Phuch (Brian) on the newbie forum at LinuxLinks when I was setting up my first Linux box, a Dell DimV400, Pentium II, 256 MB RAM, with Mandrake 10.1 and I'm sure I was insufferable; my forum manners leave something to be desired when I get so excited about something I know so little about. I had been wanting to make the switch from Micro$oft to Linux for quite awhile, but was afraid so I wound up getting that PII for $30 on eBay for the specific purpose of attempting to run Mandrake and was shocked to find that I prefered it to my year old Compaq Presario S5000NX running XP.
In the course of my excessive chattering, I mentioned my (ir)rational (depending on your attitude towards very old but very solid hardware) attachment to what is now my DSL box, a Gateway P5-166, 48 MB RAM which was my very first internet capable computer and served me heroically running Win98SE when I was too stupid to know any better.
I also mentioned that the abovementioned faithful servant/hunk of old iron is downright modern compared to some of the machines I work on for the more financially disadvantaged residents of my hometown. I was interested in putting older versions of Mandrake on the donations to my local community community college's flea market this summer when Brian mentioned that DSL would be a better idea.
I remained skeptical for awhile but ordered several copies of the CD to be snail mailed to myself and other family members and began lurking on the DSL forums.
Yesterday, I just plain got impatient waiting for the mailman and sucessfully downloaded the ISO on dial-up and burned it. There were no coasters involved at all, just a BIOS problem and another minor issue with my communication skills which Brian cleared right up last night. My Gateway is now on the internet and running DSL beautifully, with no struggles remaining other than minor filesharing issues less than 24 hours after I started the download.
I look foward to putting DSL on even less likely PCs in the future for folks who stand far more to gain and to give than my illustrious self.
Sorry, I don't do windows.