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Re: [K12OSN] K12Linux Legacy Pc's



On Wed, 2005-07-06 at 11:18, Petre Scheie wrote:
> The rule of thumb is a Pentium class machine is the 'lowest' you want to use for 
> clients.  Machines with 486 chips can be made to work, but they tend to be frustratingly 
> sluggish at best, and since they often don't have PCI slots, getting the NIC and sound 
> cards recognized is much harder.  A 100mhz Pentium with 32MB of RAM will work very 
> nicely.  I recall that someone on the list did some benchmarks a couple years ago, and 
> found that there wasn't any benefit for the client to be any faster than 166mhz and 32MB 
> RAM. Faster, more memory didn't hurt, but the users didn't perceive any better 
> performance.  And the performance difference between a 75mhz client and 166mhz client is 
> small.

I'd expect a more visible difference in client speed from the quality of
the video card and how well it's X driver works.  Are there any
published benchmarks that apply to old cards with current drivers?

-- 
  Les Mikesell
   les futuesource com



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