Les Mikesell wrote:
Terrell Prudé Jr. wrote:
Upgrade the clients. 100Mbps is fine for clients but have a gigabit
uplink to server.
That depends on what is meant by "upgrade the clients." If you mean
"add some DRAM to the existing clients," then I'd agree, 'cause
there's nothing wrong with those clients. A few years back, 32MB in
the clients was enough, but now I typically put 256MB in mine 'cause
of the way Firefox does image caching in X11. I still have a
Pentium-166 MMX and some AMD K6-2's from 10-12 years ago, and they
work great. They have 100Mbps cards, and they have decent video
boards (Matrox Millenium G400, ATI Radeon 7500, etc.).
+1 on the "upgrade the *server* to Gigabit" suggestion.
You probably wouldn't like those clients if they had non-accelerated
video cards and that slow CPU had to do all the work, though. And it
probably costs as much to add old-style RAM these days as to get a
much newer used PC.
Actually, SDRAM's pretty cheap, even "SDR" 168-pin SDRAM, here in the
USA (maybe it's different down under). There's lots of surplus over
here. And cards like the Millenium G400 and ATI Radeon series (also
pretty cheap in USA, large surplus) are accelerated, and they exist in
both PCI and AGP versions.
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