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Days of our lives

January 9, 2008

My days tend to run in one of two directions: hardware and software.

Yesterday was a hardware day. I have a house full of old computers liberated — okay rescued, actually — from my employer, who was going to put them on a pallet and send them to some dump somewhere — and I had to do something with them. So I sorted out which worked and which didn’t, which could take distros and which couldn’t, and so on.

Admittedly, these are very old machines — IBM PL series boxes, but some that actually work with distros like AntiX (pronounced “antiques”) Mepis and Fluxbuntu.

The day before was a software day. At the urging of a Cabrillo LUG colleague, I tried Mandriva 2008 and found it pretty interesting. What I liked about it is that it connected to both wireless and ethernet connections fairly easily. What I didn’t like about it is that it took over my machine (to say nothing of a plethora of proprietary software that comes with it . . . hmph).

Tomorrow: A software day, filled with tests of dbEntrance.
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  1. Ron Smith
    January 15, 2008 at 12:43 pm

    Hey I just wanted to say that I have just installed PCLinuxOS on an old T22 ibm Laptop.
    This is a distribution that seems to be based on Mandrake/Mandriva. They still call the configuration tool DRAK. At any rate it is the first distribution that I have ever used that recognized off the bat an Atheros Wifi card. And was able to establish a connection with a network using WPA. It had been a long time since I had used a Mandrake base distribution, and I had forgotten how nice it is to have a centaralized administration tool.

    At any rate, it sounds like you had the same experience with Mandriva.

    Like your site, and I try to visit it now and then.

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