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frugal technology, simple living and guerrilla large-appliance repair
Mon, 23 Jul 2012

I booted into my 1999-era Compaq laptop running Debian Squeeze

I'd like to report that I fired up the 1999 Compaq Armada 7770dmt with its 233 MHz Pentium II MMX processor, 144 MB of RAM and 3 GB original hard drive. The laptop is running Debian Squeeze, to which I upgraded from a Lenny installation some time after Squeeze went stable.

It's been 240 days since the machine last booted. I updated the installation, and here I am in Xfce writing this quick and painless blog post (using Mousepad and gFTP).

P.S. The SpaceFun theme of Debian Squeeze is so much better than Wheezy's Joy theme, it's hard to overstate.

P.P.S. You can run Xfce on a 13-year-old laptop.