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The Indefinite Article.

Wednesday, September 01, 2004


Amazon.com: Software / Brands / Microsoft / Operating Systems

I've been thinking about getting a second computer for the house. Initially, I was considering an older iMac or the like. However, I'm really not interested in another computer face with associated desk and chair and keyboard and mouse in my apartment. I'm more interested in having access to the files on my external hard drive. Additionally, I have a new-found need to see what websites look like on a Windows PC, so I'm thinking that Windows XP Pro and Remote Desktop Connection will do the trick. Additionally, the computer could act as a print server so Amber (or anyone) could print stuff without using my computer.

* Minimal video (will be run headless most of the time)
* Moderate CPU (suitable for file servering and running a browser)
* Lots of disk space
* 802.11g networking (so it can hang out by my desk without a cord running to the cable modem)
* Some sort of remote control mechanism
* Runs lots of different windows browsers

* Is there a Linux/BSD distribution that could use Wine or the like to run Windows web browsers?
* Is there an easy to use remote connection like RDC for a Linux/BSD distribution?


  • i am interested what conclusions you come to as i am contemplating the same kind of acquisition.

    By Blogger pablo, at 5:34 PM  

  • Hey...

    we have an old pc box here at the house, and carol's office is getting rid of another one. I don't know what the configuration of either of these boxes are, but once we get them out of the office, i'm sure you can upgrade it with whatever hardware/software you would need.

    By Blogger Killy, at 7:09 PM  

  • Hey Killy, that might be nice. I'm definitely going to look at better operating systems than Windows XP Pro--it only allow one user at a time, so multiple people can't log into it. If you supply the CPU, I'll gladly put my 120 gig disk in it and find a wireless card so it can hang out under a desk or table someplace inconspicuous.

    By Blogger Adolph, at 10:32 AM  

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