Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Rather than throw old hardware away because it can't cope with Vista's bloat, we show you how to put it to good use - read on to learn how to transform your old computer into a mail server, a fileserver, a web server, a spam blocker, a PC for kids and more!
Hardware performance is constantly improving, and it's only natural to want the best, so we upgrade our system from time to time and leave the old ones behind, considering them obsolete. But you don't usually need the latest and greatest - it was only a few years ago that people were running perfectly usable systems on 500MHz CPUs and drooling over the prospect that a 1GHz CPU might actually be available quite soon.
I can imagine someone writing a similar article, ten years from now, about what to do with that slow, old 4GHz eight-core system that is now gathering dust. That's what we aim to do here: show you how you can put that old hardware to good use instead of consigning it to the scrapheap.
We're going to be looking at using a PC in the 500-800MHz range with 128MB of RAM, but what if you are using something much more limited. We are not going to get into 386 dinosaur territory here, but there are plenty of old desktops and laptops floating around with 200-300MHz processors and 64MB of RAM.