[K12OSN] 486s or PIs

Doug Gough dgough at papcs.com
Wed Feb 9 18:58:55 UTC 2005

There probably wouldn't be much of a performance issue, but you may have
a hard time finding a 486 linux kernel. The thin clients need to load a
kernel from the server in order to run the basic software required to
connect to the terminal server and have a graphical environment. I don't
think any of that stuff has been compiled for 486 for a long time.

Doug Gough

-----Original Message-----
From: k12osn-bounces at redhat.com [mailto:k12osn-bounces at redhat.com] On
Behalf Of Robert Lefebvre
Sent: February 9, 2005 10:41 AM
To: k12osn at redhat.com
Subject: [K12OSN] 486s or PIs

I'm looking to get used computers donated for use in developing world
countries and using K12LTSP. I can ask for any type of computer I want
(I might not get them but I can always ask :-) but the older the unit
the better the chance of getting it for free. There is even the
possibility of picking up the old ones locally in those countries even
if it means buying them, because they may be less than what it costs
to ship them. So my question is "What kind of performance hit would we
take by using 486's as thin clients instead of PIs or PIIs ?? My
initial thought is none. Am I correct?
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