[CentOS] How fast?

Giovanni P. Tirloni tirloni at gmail.com
Tue Oct 6 00:46:01 UTC 2009

On Oct 5, 2009, at 8:34 PM, Benjamin Franz wrote:

> Robert Heller wrote:
>> Right.  You'll *have* to get at least a socket-7 motherboard with a  
>> K6
>> processor and DIMM RAM sockets and PCI bus, if only because getting
>> old-school SIMMs is hard these days.  And getting a distro with  
>> install
>> kernels (much less stock kernels) for less than a 586 is getting  
>> hard,
>> unless you opt for something like Slackware or Linux From Scratch.   
>> In
>> practice any still working minimually i686 system with a reasonable
>> amount of RAM (for just a DNS server, 256meg RAM and a 20-40 GIG IDE
>> disk, would probably even be enough to install, say, CentOS).  I
>> recently installed CentOS 5.2 on a old Dell box (PII or PIII vintage)
>> with an 18gig disk.  No X11.  Just DNS, DHCPD, PPPD, Samba, CUPS, and
>> little else.  This little box is just being used as a dialup  
>> 'router'.
>> It is jacked into a wireless 'router', but the wireless router is  
>> just
>> being used as an accesspoint and Ethernet switch (this is a home  
>> setup
>> -- broadband is not presently available, only dialup internet).
> I replaced a modern retail firewall/router with a 500 Mhz Celeron with
> 512K RAM  (Intel 810e motherboard) and a PCI dual port ethernet card  
> of
> because the 'modern' POS turnkey couldn't handle 100 mbits/second
> through the WAN interface. The 500Mhz celeron with CentOS5 handled  
> that
> plus DNS and DHCP without ever cracking 1% CPU usage.

That proves 614K should be enough for anybody.

Giovanni P. Tirloni
tirloni at gmail.com

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