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    IBM RISC 6000 box

    This weekend I adopted a couple of redundant UNIX boxes (thank you for your congratulations). The first is an IBM RISC 6000 59H and the second is an NCR StarServer E (specs provided on request). The build quality each is amazing <img src=/S/heavy.gif border=0 alt=heavy width=40 height=34>

    I know they are yesterday's technology, but they were too good an opportunity to miss out on and they are both in working order. The previous owner, being on the right side of the law and security, wiped them of software and data and provided only a manual for the NCR. My first thoughts were to install Linux in one flavour or another on each, but I'm open to suggestion. They don't have to serve any useful function other than to teach me something beyond my MS-centred PC experience. If they end up as Linux 'toys', any recommendations as to which distros would be suitable?

    If anyone has ANY pointers as to things I could try, please let me know. Although they've only been in the house for a day, I've grown rather fond of them. (Mrs Fish doesn't know anything about them yet - it's amazing what you can disguise using cardboard and duct tape).

    It was either this or they'd have ended up in landfill... <img src=/S/blackhole.gif border=0 alt=blackhole width=15 height=15>

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    Re: IBM RISC 6000 box

    Marc, Do you need either a boat anchor or a doorstop?
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    Re: IBM RISC 6000 box

    This is one special site I've found. It does say that this VMS had been cannibalized to get two others working though.

    Mind you, the StarServer is making a pretty good foot stool at this moment.

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    Re: IBM RISC 6000 box

    Marc,
    That link was a great one! It reminded me of the old Digital PDP 8, PDP 11's we were using as a production line test bed "MINI" computer way back in the dawn of the computing age! IBM iron or the new? mini computers. Just couldn't make up our minds. I wonder if XP would run on them? <img src=/S/scratch.gif border=0 alt=scratch width=25 height=29>
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    Re: IBM RISC 6000 box

    If you're looking at installing any Linux Distros, I'd suggest Red Hat 7.x for it's ease of installation, and it's general popularity in the server market.

    I've just started about a year ago, experimenting with Linux, and Red Hat 7.2 is the distro I'm using at home (right now) for my Linux installations. In all the reading I've done, most I've seen recommend Red Hat for the new users, until they feel comfortable to move on to something else.
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