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Saturday, July 24th, 2004

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hi guys.

As I type this, I'm hanging my head in shame. For the past four years, I've been forced to use Linux by my ex. Now I don't want to go back to Windows because I've grown to hate it. I like Linux, but it certianly isn't for the average idiot. Now onto the issue.
I'm running Gentoo and I just downloaded an RPM. I know those are for Red Hat, and I'm thinking RPMs can't be installed on Gentoo. But, like I said, Linux is not for the average idiot.
Can someone help me out?
Suggest a Distro for my Pentium 133 Mhz
Hi everyone,
I am looking to install Linux on a P133/128mb/1.6Gb machine.
(Detailed specs of the machine - http://theninja.info/tech/homesys/mysystems.html)
I would appreciate it if any of you could suggest if what I am trying to do is practical and which distro would be good for this purpose.

The machine will be accessed through TightVNC/ SSh/ Telnet/ Directly.
GUI - is not a requirement, although maybe a lightweight manager.
I want to :
1. Learn and practice Shell scripts - in Bash and C Shells.
2. Execute networking programs and socket programming.
3. Run and maintain website (local only)
        a. PHP/MySQL/Apache
        b. CSS/JavaScript
        c. Weblog/Forum
        (Learning web development over due course of time).
4. Use as a file server.
        a. Have a 0.8Gb, 1.2Gb, 1.6Gb, 8Gb, 20Gb, 40Gb, 200Gb Hdds.
            Will be attaching a small drive for linux, use a bigger one for storage.
        b. To store downloads, music - mp3, ogg, ISO Images, Videos.
5. Use as a boot server.
        a. So that I can set a boot image on the machine and boot the laptop or some other
            machine. For diagnostic purposes, when I need to recover someone's machine or
            something, I can use a PXEBoot.
6. Use as a music server?
7. Use it for network monitoring?
8. Use as a backup server?

Trying to make the P133 a workhorse,right ? ;) or Am I asking too much from it?

Q1. Is it good to have the 200gb on this machine? and leave it running like forever?
I have an Antec 3-Fan cooler, which I use with my 40Gb in a diff machine
(P-450Mhz/384Mb RAM/8Gb Hdd, running Mandrake 10.0 installed on it).
The 40 Gb is just mounted as a storage drive. No Linux OS files.
Although the 40 Gb has WIndows 2000 installed on it, I sometimes dual boot.

Q2. Music server - I want to transfer all my music (about 20 gig on the 200gb drive) onto the 40gb
and use it in this machine. Is that good?

Q3. File server will be only if I can hook up 200gb. Then I will also keep the music on the same drive.
Will this affect the drive's performance/lifetime?

Q4. Some are old, slower drives; some are new, faster drives. How will this affect performance
        in terms of
        1. just a Linux box
        2. File server
        3. Music server

I can leave the Music server off for now, It really isn't that important. However, I definitely want
to have a web server running all the time. Sometimes I shutdown the other desktop, but this is one
machine I want to keep running all the time.

If I can put all my files on this server, I hope to schedule backups from my laptop and roommates'
laptop to put files into this machine's HDD.

Thank you all in advance.
MythTV -- good, bad, or ugly?
Having moved around my software a bit, I now have a Shuttle system freed up which can output to my TV and stereo system. Having said that, I'm still debating whether it's worthwhile to set up MythTV to do some Tivo-style TV program recording. I pay for Basic Limited Cable, which means I get the broadcast stations plus Discovery, Food Network, and Public Access, and 4 of my channels are foreign languages. It's not worthwhile to subscribe to a service every month, but since all I need is a TV tuner card and I would have MythTV, it just might be worthwhile to go that route.

So now I ask, is it worth it?

1. Since my Shuttle system only has one PCI slot that is currently taken by my parallel port, I would need either a new fax/printer/combo for the occasional incoming fax or outgoing print job or the official Shuttle kit for a parallel port. ...in addition to the PCI-based TV tuner card I would need to plug in. That is, unless there's an AGP-based TV tuner card I could use. I have one of those slots too.
2. I am not a couch potato. There are a few programs that I would watch if I could watch them anytime I wanted to. Monster Garage, Enterprise, and maybe Whose Line Is It Anyway would be up there.
3. I don't have hundreds of channels, I have about 6 usable ones.
4. I already have a VCR, but it records in mono. Really a shame since I have a 5.1 $900+ stereo system.

1. It would be a cool, geeky project to keep my Linux hacking skills sharp.
2. People say it's better than Tivo, and a whole lot cheaper.
3. It might be a better-quality recording than my VCR and no rewinding necessary!
4. It would be a cool, geeky project to keep my Linux hacking skills sharp.
5. I might finally be able to convince my girlfriend of the value of Linux.

Comments? Experiences with MythTV? Antecdotes? ...and the biggest question of all, is it worth it for my situation or am I better off with my VCR?

Current Mood: geeky
Need some help..
Alright, my friend Matt has Mandrake Linux 9.1 installed on his computer. The person who he had set it up messed up everything. The computer wont boot from disk, whether it be windows installation disks or linux, and it wont boot with a floppy boot disk either. Also, the operating system wont boot up correctly.. it says kernel panic, and stops there.

There's two options when lilo shows up, and that's "map" or "linux" no floppy or anything. So, hopefully somebody can help with this. We just need to find a way to completely erase EVERYTHING, so we can have a fresh install of whatever.. I think he's putting Fedora on, not sure.

Any help appreciated, thx.
X...yet again
Hi all. Sorry to be annoying with all this X-related stuff...However,
I'm trying to configure a friend of mine's X server (get it to start at
least), and I am getting the following: (II) SAVAGE: driver (version
1.1.20) for S3 Savage chipsets: Savage4,
Savage3D, Savage3D-MV, Savage2000, Savage/MX-MV, Savage/MX,
Savage/IX-MV, Savage/IX, ProSavage PM133, ProSavage KM133,
ProSavage PN133, ProSavage KN133, SuperSavage/MX 128,
SuperSavage/MX 64, SuperSavage/MX 64C, SuperSavage/IX 128,
SuperSavage/IX 128, SuperSavage/IX 64, SuperSavage/IX 64,
SuperSavage/IXC 64, SuperSavage/IXC 64
(II) Primary Device is: PCI 01:00:0
(--) Assigning device section with no busID to primary device
(EE) No devices detected.

Fatal server error:
no screens found

This box is running Redhat-8.0 (I know its an old version, but this
isn't my box:)). Does anyone know why this type of thing would happen?
An lspci produces the following: 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: S3
Inc. VT8751 [ProSavageDDR P4M266] VGA Controller

I'm thinking this could be perhaps an IRQ problem? Since X seems to be
looking for the card at the correct address...Ideas perhaps? Sorry again
for the repetativeness :)
If nobody minds, I'd like to start linking in here to some of the good articles and things I come across. Like this one

A BSD user's perspective on the differences between BSD and Linux. I think it's a really good article there's no zealotry one way or another, just facts and comparisons.

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