cleaning the closet (xt, 386, 486)
I' m wondering if I should keep those old computers. For the xt my mind is pretty much set (no hd, cga monitor) so it will go.
I did use this 386 from about 1995 to 2001 with rh (5.? if I remember right) as a router with ip masquerade (sp?) It was also a small web server and mail server. I thing the memory is 1 or 2 meg. The 486 has about the same speck, maybe 4 meg of memory max. The system was working very well for more than 5 years.
I just checked the requirement for centos and for sure it won't work. Even the small linux require much more. For a workstation, I can understand why as much system is required, but for a server without graphics? I remember that it used to be linux on a floppy (and a 720k floppy!)
So the options I think I have for those old systems is to use an old version of linux, maybe my rh5.? . But I would think those are no longueur maintained? So is this a security risk?
If/when I use this again, it would be as a router/print server and maybe as a fax server, so I can use this old isa modem I have.
Thanks for any hints.
Francois in montreal