[linux-elitists] Putting my parents on Linux

Greg Kucharo greg@varesearch.com
Mon Jun 14 10:39:30 PDT 1999

  I'm thinking Kingston removable harddrive.

On Mon, Jun 14, 1999 at 10:24:01AM -0700, dmarti@zgp.org wrote:
> This is the first real Linux question on linux-elitists, and
> I hope it's hard and open-ended enough to qualify.
> I'm facing the ultimate hardware selection and system
> administration problem: building and configuring a Linux
> box for my parents, several thousand miles away.
> They want mail, web browsing, and word processing (with
> printer)  The good news is they're not proprietary 
> software weenies, so they won't miss specific applications. 
> So I'm thinking Netscape and WordPerfect (which they already
> know from MS-DOS).
> On the hardware side, something like the Low Road K6 box with 
> a quiet power supply (PC Power and Cooling) since it's for
> a non-geek home environment and I don't want the box to
> sound like a Shop-Vac(tm). 
> The original Low Road box is at: 
> http://zgp.org/~dmarti/electriclichen/low_road.shtml
> and I anticipate having to update it a bit for the 
> currently available hardware.
> Now the hard part: I will not have access to the machine
> at all, and if something gets badly enough hosed to prevent
> ssh access, I was thinking it would be good for them to
> be able to pop out the hard drive and ship it to me.
> There are a couple of ways to do this, and I could use a
> recommendation.
> Any other suggestions for setting up a Linux box for this
> situation would be welcome too.
> -- 
> Don Marti
> dmarti@zgp.org
> Linux rules.
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