What is your oldest machine you ever installed Linux on and currently still run? What are the specs, kernel version or distro, and for what purpose?
I installed redhat 5 on my 486 $many years ago.
Oldest machine I have running currently (openbsd at the moment) is an old grey dell optiplex I found in a plie of scrap at the University I went to. It's been running as my network router/firewall/wireless bridge/DNS server for three years now.
OpenBSD 4.7 (GENERIC) #558: Wed Mar 17 20:46:15 MDT 2010 firstname.lastname@example.org:/usr/src/sys/arch/i386/compile/GENERIC cpu0: Intel Celeron ("GenuineIntel" 686-class, 128KB L2 cache) 399 MHz real mem = 265568256 (253MB)
SLS distribution, Linux kernel v0.9 1992 era on a 386sx 16Mhz w/16MB RAM
this isn't exactly old but it's interesting, and slow like it was old hardware
# cat /proc/cpuinfo system type : TI AR7 (TNETD7200) processor : 0 cpu model : MIPS 4KEc V4.8 BogoMIPS : 211.35 wait instruction : yes microsecond timers : yes tlb_entries : 16 extra interrupt vector: yes hardware watchpoint : yes ASEs implemented : shadow register sets : 1 core : 0 VCED exceptions : not available VCEI exceptions : not available
- that's about 211MHz CPU
- kernel version 188.8.131.52
- 16MB of RAM
- 4MB of flash
- hard drive
- video card
- it has a built in ADSL Modem that powers my Internet
- Distro is OpenWRT
I have a HP Visualize C3000 from around 1999/2000, it was given to me last week. I have no reason to run it other than to tinker.
- PA8500 400mhz processor
- 2Gb Ram
- SCSI HDD
Linux Debian 2.6.26-2-parisc
# cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 cpu family : PA-RISC 2.0 cpu : PA8500 (PCX-W) cpu MHz : 400.000000 model : 9000/785/C3000 model name : AllegroHigh W hversion : 0x00005bb0 sversion : 0x00000481 I-cache : 512 KB D-cache : 1024 KB (WB, direct mapped) ITLB entries : 160 DTLB entries : 160 - shared with ITLB BTLB : not supported bogomips : 798.72 software id : 2014670675
I have a 400MHz Dell box (K6 CPU, I think) from circa 1999. I've run Slackwares up to about 12.0 on it, but last summer, I put Slackware 3.2 on it, just to see what it felt like with a contemporary Linux.
Very interesting. I had to recompile the kernel (2.0.xx) to get support for a 3c905 ethernet card, and I recompiled XFree86 to get ATI card support. I was able to complie the latests OpenSSH with only a few glitches for remote access.
I ran CRUX on a Compaq Armada with a Pentium MMX 166 MHz, 64 MiB of RAM and an around 2-3 GiB hard disk. Booted into an XFce desktop in less than 1 minute!
Just for kicks, I also installed Ubuntu 5.04 on that machine once (the whole thing, running a full GNOME install, Firefox, etc.). That was somewhat slow though... ;-)
The oldest machine that I currently have installed is an old HP Pavilion desktop that I picked up from a repossession for $20. It's my main web, DNS, DHCP, NFS, CUPS and SSH server as well as firewall and gateway.
<<< 21:43.02 Mon Aug 23 2010|~ <<< aaron@achilles (Linux 2.6.26-2-686)|8171 screen:2 >>> cat /proc/cpuinfo processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 8 model name : Celeron (Coppermine) stepping : 6 cpu MHz : 697.894 cache size : 128 KB fdiv_bug : no hlt_bug : no f0f_bug : no coma_bug : no fpu : yes fpu_exception : yes cpuid level : 2 wp : yes flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 mmx fxsr sse up bogomips : 1397.85 clflush size : 32 power management:
It has 512MB of RAM with 100GB hard drive space. It's running Debian GNU/Linux stable. Kernel version is in the prompt.
The one I'm currently running on is reasonably old.
processor : 0 vendor_id : GenuineIntel cpu family : 6 model : 8 model name : Pentium III (Coppermine) stepping : 10 cpu MHz : 1004.123 cache size : 256 KB fdiv_bug : no hlt_bug : no f00f_bug : no coma_bug : no fpu : yes fpu_exception : yes cpuid level : 2 wp : yes flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 sep mtrr pge mca cmov pse36 mmx fxsr sse up bogomips : 2009.92 clflush size : 32 cache_alignment : 32 address sizes: 36 bits physical, 32 bits virtual power management:
384 MB RAM, less than 80 GB hard drive. Currently running Debian Testing. I once installed AntiX (based on Debian) on it, and it felt far newer than it is, but then I began to miss my GNOME environment.