Have an old computer and don’t know what to do with it? It can still have many useful uses, like a firewall or storage server. While it’s true that Windows consumes to much resources that an old computer can’t handle, the article suggests functions and Linux distributions specialized in that function.
Windows and most of the proprietary software requires more and more computer power as it’s version increases. This results to new hardware all the time for us. But what about our old abandoned PCs? Should we throw them away?
Of course not! Linux gives us many opportunities to use our old hardware and keep it alive while saving money.
The functions are: firewall/proxy, development server, storage server, media station, downloading machine, small workstation, thin client, and clusters. For example, you can turn your PC into a firewall with SmoothWall distro.
What’s special about these distros is that they’re created just for that specific purpose, with all the software and necessary configurations installed by default.
- Microsoft Windows Home Server
- Windows Server 2008 Beta3 available for download
- Linux copying Vista
- Linux vs Windows power consumption test
- Microsoft.com hosted on Windows Server 2008 Beta3