|14 Nov 2004|
Just logging in from a Pentium IV, using Knoppix 3.7. It recognises eth0 and provides nice defaults for everything, and I can ... it just works! (I can even listen to "Practice of Peace" audio files, with Audacity!)
It's good if I only want to surf the web, read webmail and do IRC.
I'll want to finish setting up a simple infrastructure if I want to work with the Minciu Sodas Laboratory.
That's something I'll want to give some more thinking to: the infrastructure. My current Pentium I is not exactly a speed-beast. I may get myself a Pentium II, second-hand. I just want the basic speed to have Firefox, Thunderbird, Xchat/irssi, vim/vimoutliner, Python, a PDF reader, some basic drawing software, backups (preferably to CD so I may listen to audio files) ... Not much, but certainly I don't get a reasonable speed with a Pentium I (64 megs RAM) - and I have tried!
So why not use the Pentium IV then? Well, it's needed for some ultra-sensitive stuff that we need at home, that's why :(. In a couple of months (I hope January or February 2005) I'll be able to "free" the Pentium IV, but until then I'm stuck with the Pentium I. I wish things could go faster in this regard, but no way.
And I do want to work in lots of MSL stuff. Andrius has set up a Spanish wiki and I want to contribute to the Table of Content (TOC) thing, both with Franz Nahrada and with Rick Nelson. I think that is going to be useful work. We're going to have to learn to deal with wikispam - every wiki in the world will have to, I guess.
Thing is, PeakOil has kept me a bit desperate these few days. I can't be sure if there's more to what they say waiting. I mean, maybe there's some better source of energy waiting down the line. But I doubt it.
And it really makes me a bit angry to see how people react to the whole issue: in my biased sample, they either ignore the problem, or they just dress in black and complain. Of course, it's most unpolite of me to just come up to a friend and ask them "what do you think about oil not being available soon?". But I'm used to being able to change "modes" while thinking. And "dark mood thinking" is just not useful now. My opinion, anyway!
So, yes, the Pentium IV does work with Knoppix 3.7 - that's good.