I realized something rather odd the other day, and as a result, I think it will lead to a few interesting experiments. That’s what I call these little adventures … “experiments.”
It’s a little bit generous to say it in some places, but I believe I now have at least one machine across five different “generations” and 15 years of PC hardware — from Pentium 1 to multiprocessor machines.
The X60s is a core duo, and the newest machine in the house.
This Celeron, while not a speed demon, is puttering along at 2.5Ghz and part of the Pentium 4 family.
Its little brother, a 700Mhz Coppermine Celeron, is representative of the Pentium III bracket.
And it’s a wee bit of a stretch, but as a high-end K6-2 and a Super Socket 7 machine, this Sotec was meant to stand up to Pentium IIs.
True, it’s not really a 686 and so not exactly in that class, but it’s somewhere in that range. And its inception date is about right.
Below that? I’m afraid I hardly ever see 486 machines any more. It may just be an aversion to 15-plus-year-old hardware in the mind of Japanese consumers, which keeps them out of the recycling shops.
Or it may be that they’re all just finally wearing down and disappearing, as must happen to us all.
In any case, it’s been a very, very long time since I even saw a 486-based machine, let alone one is good enough condition to put to work.
But I would if I could.
So the next question should be obvious: What do you do with an assembly of machines that span a decade and a half of hardware evolution?
Well, the answer should be obvious too: Install the same brand of Linux on all five creatures … and complain about it!