>>>> "Keith" == Keith Wright via
WLUG <wlug(a)lists.wlug.org> writes:
Keith> John Stoffel via WLUG <wlug(a)lists.wlug.org> writes:
> Can I tell you to just go and buy a cheap PCIe
graphics card made in
> the last 10 years? *grin*
Keith> Your advice may be good, but I don't like your attitude. One
Keith> of the things I like about Linux is that you are not forced to
Keith> buy the latest whiz-bang computer. It runs just fine on old
Keith> hardware. Getting it working is half the fun.
Sure! I agree that getting it working is half the fun. I've been
planning on upgrading my main machine since it's 12 years old now (AMD
Phenom II X4 945 running at 800-3000Mhz) but I'd have to find some
solution to replace my old Cyclades PCI 8 port serial card that I have
in the system. PCIe to PCI adaptor? New PCIe 4 port serial card?
USB to Serial hanging off the back?
But sometimes, if you go dumpster diving for old hardware, then you're
going to be forced to stay with old distributions, because people
won't support the older stuff past a certain point. I'm talking core
developers here. Especially for older graphics cards. It just gets
too painful as the state of the art has changed.
Heck, I ran a Matrox G200 card for years! Loved that card, ran
great. But eventually it wasn't supported and it was so old and slow
it wasn't worth it.
Keith> See "Dumpster Diving for Linux"
Great resource! But realize you're going to be running older
distributions. And with the move to https and updated SSL
requirements, it's going to be harder to use those older systems,
unless you can work through a proxy that will encrypt for you.
Keith> Tim Keller via WLUG <wlug(a)lists.wlug.org> writes:
> The meeting is going to be at our usual virtual
Keith> I hope to be there.
> I don't have a topic yet, I suspect something
natural will emerge.
Keith> I don't have a suitable presentation, but I have written something
Keith> about my latest Linux project. Maybe it will be a topic.
Keith> See "How can a wireless router be added to a wired netork?"
Keith> Your advice is welcome and maybe useful. A few years ago one
Keith> of the WLUG memebers (Frank Sweetser?) saved my bacon after
Keith> my Idiot Service Provider suddenly decided it would no longer
Keith> be convenient for them to continue running a secondary name
Keith> server for me. They didn't even reduce my bill by the amount
Keith> they had been charging for that service. The price remained
Keith> the same, but now it was for extra email addresses that I had not
Keith> requested and did not need.
Keith> A few years later they quit providing any mailboxes at all.
Keith> I think they would really rather just charge me for sending the
Keith> invoice. To be fair, that seems to be hard for them.
Keith> Frank (?) told me about Hurricane Electric, who run a secondary
Keith> name server for free just for good will and advertising.
Keith> They are good people, this plug is all I have ever done for them.
Keith> -- Keith
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