I know I haven’t blogged on here in quite awhile – that has been due to 2 things: first, my wife and I finally bought a house, so I have been busy with getting everything in order for all that is involved with such a major purchase; we just finished moving in this weekend. Secondly, I was all set to do a review of SolusOS or openSUSE when my main laptop died (the HP Pavillion from 2009). For the last 4 weeks I have been using the old Gateway MX7340 laptop that runs Crunchbang Linux.
I set this up more as a gaming machine – it has DOSbox (with my favorite front end, DBGL), Angband, Nethack (plus 2 forks), Dungeon Crawl Stone Soup, Brogue, DoomRL, ADOM, and several emulators – for NES, SNES, and Genesis.
I also added a few games from the Debian repositories that will run on such an old machine – like FreeCiv, FreeCol, and Frogatto. Others like Warzone 2100 and 0 AD just are too graphics-intensive to be playable.
Since Crunchbang uses Debian (I’m using the Waldorf edition of Crunchbang which is based on “wheezy”/testing), I haven’t tried to set up Netflix, and my games on Steam expect much more than the 1.5 GB of RAM that is available. But Flash and Java are working fine, so streaming music, videos, and Hulu are all possible entertainment options for me.
My current plan is to save up and get a new laptop from Newegg. There are a few that are very good in the $500 to $700 range, with dedicated graphics cards. Once I have a new machine, I’ll be installing the current version of Linux Mint on the entire machine, and then partition off a section so that I can install and review Linux distros as I have been doing in the past.