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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I don’t think I’ve ever seen a set of desktop computers in a more wretched state than those I saw this morning. They had been sitting in an unventilated storage unit that had no climate control whatsoever; it’s important to note that this has been one of the hottest summers I can recall as well. My colleague and I bundled them into the back of a Volkswagen Golf for a rather bumpy ride back to the office; at that point, the damage had been done by the conditions, it was difficult to see how it could be much worse.
The machines were all the same model: the Packard Bell iMedia 1307. For those who aren’t familiar with this model, it comes with a Celeron D processor, 256 MB of RAM, SiS graphics, and strangely, these had a 160 GB Hard Drive.
I would have been tempted to leave it alone; it might have been sufficient to say that these were “functional”, more or less, and let it be. However, these PCs were going to be used in a demonstration to customers.
As a test, I installed the card in one of them and then put Ubuntu Dapper Drake in the CD ROM drive. The Live CD worked well: all the hardware worked straight out of the box. I decided to install it, and see if Linux could bring something as wretched as this back to life.