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Month: December 2013

Re: [trinity-devel] Trinity on older hardware

From: "Timothy Pearson" <kb9vqf@...>
Date: Wed, 4 Dec 2013 19:41:45 -0600
> On Wednesday 04 December 2013 06:21:46 you wrote:
>> All,
>> Do you have experience with running Trinity on older hardware?
>> I have a PI and a PII. For years I ran KDE 3.5.10 on both. While
>> hardly the fastest hardware, and 3.5.10 hardly the snappiest
>> desktop environment, the system was usable. Trinity R14 on both
>> systems is almost unusable. Starting Trinity takes a minute or two.
>> Opening konsole takes 7-10 seconds. Opening a preloaded konqueror
>> takes 20-25 seconds.
>> I realize free/libre software never truly supported older hardware
>> despite claims otherwise and developers instead move relentlessly
>> onward with bleeding edge hardware. Still, because of the many
>> improvements I would think Trinity R14 would fare better, at least
>> as good as 3.5.10.
>> Any ideas? Any help?
>> Darrell
> I uderstand the concepts of this thread, that said PI, PII, any box that
> sucks energy, do not need supporting, I know you have some :-) I have
> some, they run the software from the same era is great..which isn't all
> that usefull anymore for me. Firewalls and various services run ..but
> back to the 'to much energy use' issue.
> At my LUG we used to reuse all sorts of older boxes, give them away. NO
> more. Energy consumption is a bigger part of the decision tree,
> smartphones are way more powerfull for what consumers want, business's
> will have newer hardware and the $$ to manage it.
> YMMV, but as a project I would draw the support line closer to now.
> --
> Peace,
> Greg

Well, you are very much correct on the watts/performance issue, I look at
it this way.  Your average PII/PIII is about as powerful as some of the
ultra-efficient Arm-based SBC devices now available for Linux users.  If
TDE can run well on PII/PIII hardware, then it will likely run well on
those very efficient Arm-based systems as well.