I have a notebook PC that I was using in the North. I got it from my son who moved on to something better but it has 2 gB RAM and 1.6gHz Core 2 CPU. The thing I really hate about it is the sucky hard drive:
“hdparm -tT /dev/sda
Timing cached reads: 1792 MB in 2.00 seconds = 896.43 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 118 MB in 3.01 seconds = 39.19 MB/sec”
That may be reasonable in the notebook world but it’s not what I want for storage. The last place I worked has RAID 1 SCSI (4X) shared around the lab. Even old Beast has RAID 1 SATA II (3X).“hdparm -tT /dev/sda
Timing cached reads: 3392 MB in 2.00 seconds = 1695.96 MB/sec
Timing buffered disk reads: 236 MB in 3.01 seconds = 78.40 MB/sec”
…but “the little woman” noticed that it was sitting unused on a shelf. I mainly trot it out for its SD card reader these days, or for visitors. She wants it for the women in the family to use when they are mobile and wanting more than a smart phone. So, I began to reconfigure it. I took out all my services like DHCP, HTTP, TFTP, etc. and added all kinds of multimedia applications. One young lady is taking a course in multimedia so can use lots of razzle-dazzle. I added blender, vlc, audacity, FreeMind etc. to my usual ffmpeg, sox, gimp and imagemagick. I took out the databases and Debian GNU/Linux repositories. I doubt they will use those, except to file images… Maybe I will put LAMP + Gallery back in…
I did some major surgery with a change from GNOME to XFCE4 and populated the “panel” with stuff I thought they would like, including xfce4-weather-plugin.
Things left to do: set up wicd for their multiple wireless connections. For some reason it’s not working and I used wpa_supplicant which works fine for a single connection…
It would have been faster just to re-install, but I enjoy the tinkering and just used APT. No effort is too great to please the ladies in my life.