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2010\07\21@152933 by Herbert Graf

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Hello all,

I've got an ancient P200 laptop that I'd like to use as a automated
backup unit.

Basically all I want it to do is serve files, and backup a network share
using rsync.

Obviously I don't need anything fancy, however I do require wifi to work
(using an ancient Linksys PCMCIA 802.11b network card).

Any recommendations?

I currently have xubuntu 6.06 installed on it and it works, but it's
pretty heavy in resource usage.

Thanks for any recommendations!

TTYL

2010\07\21@153347 by Marcel Birthelmer

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You could just have it not start X on boot, so it would leave you with
a plain shell, no?

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 9:29 PM, Herbert Graf <spam_OUThkgrafTakeThisOuTspamgmail.com> wrote:
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2010\07\21@153647 by Tamas Rudnai

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Xwindow is always 'heavy'. Xubuntu is one of the lightest as far as I
concern as it uses a lightweight window manager. You may can get even
lighter ones from 10 years back but those might not work with your wifi
card.

Tamas




On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 8:29 PM, Herbert Graf <.....hkgrafKILLspamspam@spam@gmail.com> wrote:

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2010\07\21@153831 by Mark Rages

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On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM, Herbert Graf <hkgrafspamKILLspamgmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> I've got an ancient P200 laptop that I'd like to use as a automated
> backup unit.
>
> Basically all I want it to do is serve files, and backup a network share
> using rsync.
>
> Obviously I don't need anything fancy, however I do require wifi to work
> (using an ancient Linksys PCMCIA 802.11b network card).
>
> Any recommendations?
>

I recommend you avoid this distro: http://www.damnvulnerablelinux.org/

Regards,
Mark
markrages@gmail
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Mark Rages, Engineer
Midwest Telecine LLC
.....markragesKILLspamspam.....midwesttelecine.com

2010\07\21@154039 by Bruno L. Albrecht

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Arch Linux is a good one...if you need a very lightweight window manager,
just check its repositories...

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2010\07\21@160804 by Michael Watterson

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 On 21/07/2010 20:29, Herbert Graf wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> I've got an ancient P200 laptop that I'd like to use as a automated
> backup unit.
>
> Basically all I want it to do is serve files, and backup a network share
> using rsync.
>
> Obviously I don't need anything fancy, however I do require wifi to work
> (using an ancient Linksys PCMCIA 802.11b network card).
>
> Any recommendations?
>
> I currently have xubuntu 6.06 installed on it and it works, but it's
> pretty heavy in resource usage.
>
> Thanks for any recommendations!
>
> TTYL
>
Use x86 version of OpenWRT. (Linux)
I have it on an x86 Geode board and I have tested Samba file serving
from USB flash key and PATA HDD in a USB adaptor case.
I tested various PCMCIA/Card bus cards on OpenWRT on a Linksys WRT54G3G
and the PCMCIA drivers work.

All admin is via Web interface or network terminal ssh

WPA wifi working. including an 108Mbps Turbo g mini PCI card.

2010\07\21@170256 by Herbert Graf

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On Wed, 2010-07-21 at 21:33 +0200, Marcel Birthelmer wrote:
> You could just have it not start X on boot, so it would leave you with
> a plain shell, no?

I thought about that, but on further inspection it appears the wireless
stack only supports WEP, that's not a good thing! :(

Thanks, TTYL

2010\07\21@170412 by Herbert Graf

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On Wed, 2010-07-21 at 21:07 +0100, Michael Watterson wrote:
> Use x86 version of OpenWRT. (Linux)
> I have it on an x86 Geode board and I have tested Samba file serving
> from USB flash key and PATA HDD in a USB adaptor case.
> I tested various PCMCIA/Card bus cards on OpenWRT on a Linksys WRT54G3G
> and the PCMCIA drivers work.
>
> All admin is via Web interface or network terminal ssh
>
> WPA wifi working. including an 108Mbps Turbo g mini PCI card.

Wow, that's a REALLY good suggestion, I never thought of that.

Thanks, I'll look into that.

TTYL


2010\07\21@182001 by V G

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On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 3:29 PM, Herbert Graf <@spam@hkgrafKILLspamspamgmail.com> wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> I've got an ancient P200 laptop that I'd like to use as a automated
> backup unit.
>
> Basically all I want it to do is serve files, and backup a network share
> using rsync.
>
> Obviously I don't need anything fancy, however I do require wifi to work
> (using an ancient Linksys PCMCIA 802.11b network card).
>
> Any recommendations?
>
> I currently have xubuntu 6.06 installed on it and it works, but it's
> pretty heavy in resource usage.
>
> Thanks for any recommendations!

As far as old computers go, nothing beats Debian Linux in my opinion.
Just get the netinstall ISO and you should be good to go. It installs
fast, boots fast, and runs fast. When you install it, you get nothing
but a shell and the bare minimum.

I recommend upgrading to the Testing version though, as Stable tends
to be a bit old (yet very stable). Testing has never failed me so far
though.

2010\07\26@125043 by Nicola Perotto

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On 21/07/2010 19.29, Herbert Graf wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> I've got an ancient P200 laptop that I'd like to use as a automated
> backup unit.
Really ancient!
Take a look at http://www.freenas.org
It's based on freebsd 7.x and can run with very little memory
> Basically all I want it to do is serve files, and backup a network share
> using rsync.
it has rsync also.

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