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Thread: Got 3 desktop computers what are some cool stuff I can do with them?

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    Got 3 desktop computers what are some cool stuff I can do with them?

    Hello there folks,
    just got 3 old PCs from work (1,7 GHz P4, 256 RAM, integrated Intel graphics card I believe)

    Anyway I wanted to use them in some project at home, install Linux on them for sure but after that not sure what more. I want to make some kind of network that's for sure. Can I do it wirelessly ? Connect my main PC and all 3 of new ones?

    I don't know I wanted to make one as media server, with all my mp3s and video files, perhaps have some emulated games as well. No idea really, just some thoughts. Anyway give me some ideas or even better...
    What would you do with 3 old PCs?

    Thank you for your time

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    Re: Got 3 desktop computers what are some cool stuff I can do with them?

    You could set one up as a dedicated firewall, one as a file/media server, and the other as a DVR.

    Those are just the first three ideas that popped into my head...

    Sounds like fun though, maybe I should got looking for some old PC's...

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    Re: Got 3 desktop computers what are some cool stuff I can do with them?

    What would I do with them? Unless you have a need, I would think about making one of them a media center, and donating the others. I don't mean to be preach-y, but you're just going to waste electricity powering 3 extra PCs. Why not put Ubuntu on there and try to spread a little Linux love to someone new?

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    Re: Got 3 desktop computers what are some cool stuff I can do with them?

    build a cluster and do some oooobar folding@home

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