[CentOS] How fast?

m.roth at 5-cent.us m.roth at 5-cent.us
Wed Oct 7 19:51:54 UTC 2009

> On Oct 6, 2009, at 2:23 AM, Sorin Srbu wrote:
>>> From: centos-bounces at centos.org [mailto:centos-bounces at centos.org] On
>> Behalf
>>> Of Paul Heinlein
>>> Sent: Tuesday, October 06, 2009 12:35 AM
>>> The bigger issue is ensuring that an older computer has enough disk
>>> space to house a modern distro and enough RAM to run modern kernels
>>> --
>>> and even then you can tighten things up if you're willing to work
>>> with a speciality distro.
>> I second that, nicely put!

I've got an ancient box (over 10 years old), running an old version of
*Redhat* (not RHEL or Fedora). It's fine... but then, I have *no* X on it,
*no* compilers, no next to nothing - all it is, is a firewall/router.

If that's all you put on, shouldn't be a big deal on an older system. The
only thing I'd consider putting a compiler on it for is to build chkroot.
>> If I may suggest Smoothwall for a firewall appliance...? This is a
>> specialty
>> distro, IPCop is another similar distro. Smoothwall's even got a
> i know I used to use a Linux PC as a firewall for my home system.
> Back before the inexpensive routers, and before the fairly easy to
> find specialty loads.  The thing that got me away from it was it was
Yeah, my box is getting *really* long in the tooth, and I'm starting to
think of replacing it (after I get done bleeding money from my *just*
finished relo). I know what its replacement will be, though: WRT54GL. I
want the control that linux running on there gives me, so I can manage it,
and upgrade, rather than what the OEM thinks is important.


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