[PlanetCCRMA] install planet on old laptop

Brian Good snug.bug at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 15 07:57:21 PDT 2013

I'm conserving to a fault (ran my '86 Mitsubishi until June of this year) but I've
finally learned my lesson about really old laptops.  My Mitsubishi was better 
than a newer car--smaller, lighter, got better gas mileage, and I could tie stuff 
to the roof without worrying about scratches or dents.  Old laptops are slow 
and there's always the danger of the HDD giving out.   Your Thinkpad is probably 
a T40--1.5 GHz or so with a 20 GB HDD--and if it has Windows on it, that expensive 
software is probably its greatest asset.  I'd recommend conserving your copies of
Word, PowerPoint, and Excel on your old machine and investing your precious time 
in a newer machine.  If you watch on Ebay you can get a 2.6 GHz T400 with no hard 
drive for $60 or so, and put in a brand new 500 GB drive for another $65 (or a 100 
GB solid state drive for $100).

> From: oded at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
> To: planetccrma at ccrma.Stanford.EDU
> Date: Sun, 15 Sep 2013 04:37:05 -0700
> Subject: [PlanetCCRMA] install planet on old laptop
> I have an old thinkpad (10 years) that is lying unused. I am considering whether 
> it is worth trying to install FC18/19on it to (a) test run it and (b) to have 
> planetccrma option in my office without having to carry laptop back and forth. 
> Would current fedora possibly run on an old machine or is it a non-starter? If 
> anyone has a similar experience it would be good to hear what the effort might 
> be like before I embark on something useful but not essential.
> Thanks
> Oded
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