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Thinkin' about a new PC

The tower we've got in the the studio (a Dell Dimension 4100 P3/800) is getting a bit long in the tooth. It's just not practical to run WinXP with all the software we use in a 10gb boot partition, and the second drive (60gb) is full of music (where full < 1gb free).

Now I'm sticking with Dell, we've bought lots of refurb Dell machines (as in probably 4 in the last 5 years) with nary a problem (dumping wine on the laptop doesn't count), and we're a Dell shop at work, so I've got good communications with sales and support.

Likely the machine will be a Dimension 5100c or XPS200 (which looks a lot like the 5100c rebranded, neh?). Yeah, the small form-factor is a big deal to me (what with already not enough space on the desk). Pentium D 820 (dual-core 2.8ghz) processor is high on the list of wants, along with a DVD burner.

The big question that follows that is: What do we do with the old machine? It might be fun to throw up a linux box again, so if anybody has opinions on linux distributions, I'd like to hear them. I've done SUSE, and would consider doing it again, but Fedora is mighty tempting. The old machine is much less wonky than the previous no-name celeron box, so it should be easier and more reliable.

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dinogrl
Oct. 19th, 2005 05:55 pm (UTC)
Donate it to a school!!!!!!! I have a few donated pc's meeself in the classroom. I had Dave's 486 running in the classroom along side my apple pc. I got a newer model Dell last year, and we toted the old pc home (where it's sitting in the garage, waiting for a museum to locate it and put it on display - ha!). I still have the apple pc in the room!
johno
Oct. 19th, 2005 06:29 pm (UTC)
Ditto on the school use.

There are builds of Linux meant to put on schools and other public institution systems. Just the basics, secure the system against hackers, crackers and the just plain bored.

else

If it has firewire or USB 2 (or can have a card added) use it as a drive server and just keep hanging external drives off it as you need the space and/or can afford to add them on.
johny__b
Oct. 19th, 2005 08:04 pm (UTC)
I'm thinking of putting a Linux partition on my desktop as a secondary operating system. I have like 600 gig or so on my desktop now, though my laptop has a hundred gig drive...that is always like 4 or 5 gig from being full.

I went with an internal wireless card that wasn't centrino though the centrino would have been cheaper.
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