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Idea for extra computer?


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Fortunas

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So I have an 8 year old Dell XPS lying in my basement, and I figured what the heck, put it to some use.
Im just interested in some creative ideas to use this thing, with minimal tearing/modding it.
I have my primary workstation, and second computer running XP, so another Windows box doesn't really excite me.
Ill have to check the specs of the system and post those, but for now, any ideas would be great!
Thanks.
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hi, welcome to geekstogo
since you mention that another xp platform is out, why not try a linux platform, I have various old laptops all running on linux, and it is great for someone who wants stability and no malware, doesn't cost anything too beyond the price of burning the CD. OK I don't know your specs but I am running kubuntu linux on 6gb, 256ram laptop and am very happy with it since I have VLC, firefox, mp3 stream, openoffice, etc., good luck then
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Fortunas

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Thanks for the post flea.
I have thought about linux, and that is still a possibility. Any other uses as a standalone box, such as maybe a fileserver, or Unified Threat Management box?

And here are the Specs:
Dell XPS T500
PIII 500mhz
256 MB of ram
Nvidia TNT graphics card
40 gb HDD
CRT monitor.
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Sounds like you should set it up as a gaming rig! Load Windows 98 on it and fire up Duke Nukem 3D :)

Oh man, those were the days :)
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I agree with fleamailman.

Linux has basically all the software for basically everything you could ever want. There are several versions, but you can get the latest and most popular version from here.
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