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Currently, Dare has multiple computers of varying ages and abilities to work with, all joined to a LAN (just to be different!):

The current best computer operating system is Linux, of course.  The distribution that I currently favor and use is Linux Mint (based on Ubuntu), and now most (5!) of my machines are using Linux Mint Debian Edition specifically (which is based directly on Debian itself), which is currently at the top of the 'popularity' list among Linux distributions.  For many years, I also used Redhat, and then Fedora linux. Check here for some useful linux software links.  There are also some Android devices in the collection, which is a popular phone/tablet OS that uses the Linux kernel.

NEW! Check out my ChromeOS on Chromebook/Chromebox page to see info on ChromeOS, and how I have installed Linux onto some ChromeOS devices. 

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  • Want to know why you don't need to use Microsoft Windows on your PC if you don't want to?  Check here for a good brief explanation.
  • Want some good reasons to start using Linux instead of Microsoft Windows?  Check here.
  • Want some advise on which of the Linux distributions might best fit your needs?  Check this page, and here, and here as well.
In addition to these computers, Dare also runs an Asus RT-N66U router -- which runs Linux inside, and replacement linux-based firmware versions are available (previously I used two Linksys WRT54GL wireless routers with replacement Tomato (HyperWRT-based Linux) firmware, and a Netgear N300 Wireless Gigabit Router model WNR3500L).

NAME Frodo1 Frodo2 Frodo3 Frodo4
Frodo15 Frodo17 Frodo11 Frodo18
PRIMARY USE DVR backend (too slow for YouTube!)
Primary Desktop Workhorse
Primary Desktop (replacement for Frodo2)
Web Server DVR Frontend & GPS Server
Portable Computing (superior to Frodo4/Frodo9)
Experimental SBC (Single Board Computer)
RTL-SDR Flight Tracking Station
ASSEMBLY/
PURCHASE DATE
2008/12/01

2009/12/10
2016/04/24 (used from eBay) 2017/06/30 (used from eBay)
2014/04/09
2014/10/21
(used from eBay)
2016/08/10 (ordered on Kickstarter 2015/11/30!)
2015/06/15
MANUFACTURER Darren Enns (custom)


Gateway (SX2800)
Acer (Chromebook C740)
Dell (Chromebook 11-3120)
Asus (Chromebox CN60)
Acer (Chromebook C720P)
Next Thing Company (C.H.I.P.)
Raspberry Pi Foundation (Raspberry Pi 2)
PROCESSOR Intel Atom 330

Intel Core2 Quad Q8200
Intel Celeron 3205U
Intel Celeron
N2840
Intel Celeron 2955U
Intel Celeron 2955U 1 Ghz Single-Core ARM Cortex-A8 ARMv7 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7
FAMILY Diamondville
Yorkfield
Broadwell
Braswell
Haswell
Haswell Allwinner R8 (32-bit) Broadcom
BCM2836
(32-bit)
ARCHITECTURE





ARM Allwinner @ 1.01 GHz
1 Processor
ARM implementer 65 architecture 7 variant 3 part 3080 revision 2

ARM BCM2709 @ 900 MHz
1 Processor, 4 Threads
ARM implementer 65 architecture 7 variant 0 part 3079 revision 5
SPEED (MHZ/BOGOMIPS/GEEKBENCH2/UNIXBENCH/OCTANE) 1800/3191.49/1259/319.2 & 582.9/12319

2330/18621.48/5273/916.5 & 2209.0/12561
2992.76(5985.52)/2519/974.2 & 1525.3/13727
2160(???)/1165 & 1901/272. & 456.0/???
1400/2793.71 (5587.42)/2924/981.3 & 1560.26/10068
1400/2793.44 (5586.89)/2161/935.1 & 1538.6/11354
1000/429.72/411/173.0/1000 900/153.60/1218/471.6
MEMORY (MB) 2024

4096
4096
4096 2024
2024 512
1024
STORAGE (GB)
931 (1000)
596 (640)
114 (128)
16 16
128
4
8
POWER CONSUMPTION
55W / 0.47A
49W / 0.42A


11w
8w
3w / 0.23A
4W / 0.36A
LINUX /WINDOWS VERSION Linux Mint Debian 201303 (3.11-2-486) + Windows XP Home




Linux Mint Debian 201303 (4.5.0-0.bpo.1-amd64) + Linux Mint Debian 201101 (3.0.0-1-686-pae) + Windows 7 Home Pro
ChromeOS + Debian Jessie 8.4 (3.8.14) in crouton ChromeOS + Crouton Debian Jessie (4.4.52-08264-gaa3473cb9b04)
ChromeOS + Linux Mint Debian (4.9.0-0.bpo.2-amd64)
ChromeOS + Linux Mint Debian (3.18.4-c720 custom for touchscreen) + Debian Jessie 8.4 (3.8.11) in crouton
Debian (4.4.11-ntc)

Linux raspberrypi 3.18.7-v7+
Desktop
Cinnamon 2.0.14+lmde

Cinnamon 2.0.14+lmde

Cinnamon 2.2.16-5 in crouton n/a
Cinnamon 2.0.14+lmde Cinnamon 2.0.14+lmde n/a n/a (not used)
BIOS Intel 07/31/2008



AMI P01-A0 Coreboot
Coreboot Coreboot (SeaBIOS patched for USB3.0 boot)
Coreboot

N/A
MOTHERBOARD Intel D945GCLF2
WG43M







VIDEO
Intel 82945G

Intel X4500HD Intel Graphics HD 4200 Intel Graphics HD
Intel Graphics HD 4000
Intel Graphics HD 4000
Broadcom VideoCore IV
WEBCAM
Logitech Quickcam Fusion (050d:08c1) uvcvideo
Microsoft Lifecam Cinema HD (045e:075d)


Logitech Quickcam Pro 9000 (050d:0990) uvcvideo


MOUSE C2 Tech M030




Gateway  MODTUO + Logitech NX80






SOUND ???

Integrated






CDROM Samsung SH-S223Q DVD+RW 22x8x16
LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH40F






CDR/W
Samsung SH-S223Q DVD+RW 22x8x16 LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH40F





DVD
Samsung SH-S223Q DVD+RW 22x8x16 LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH40F





DRIVES Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS SATA 1TB


Western Digital WD20EARX-00PASB0 2TB +
Hitachi HDT72106 640GB


SanDisk 16gb U110 M.2 (SATA) SSD +
Seagate Backup+ BK USB3.0 1TB



ETHERNET Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller + Belkin Components F5D8053 N Wireless USB Adapter v1000/v4000 [Ralink RT2870] (050d:8053)


Intel Corporation 82567V-2 Gigabit Network Connection






MODEM ???








MONITOR Lilliput 619GL-70NP/C/T






OTHER







TV CARD
Hauppauge WinTV PVR-350 (Model 24019) (2040:2400)







 
Dare's
Obsolete Computers
Dare started with a Commodore 64 in 1982, and then a Commodore 128.  Dare also had a collection of Amiga computers (A500/A3000/A4000), that used to be the greatest thing since sliced bread. He also had an old 486/DX2 66Mhz PC, that is long since gone but fondly remembered...

NAME Frodo1 Frodo2 Frodo3 Frodo4 Frodo4 Frodo5 Frodo6 Frodo7 Frodo7 Frodo9 Frodo10 Frodo11 Frodo12
ASSEMBLY/PURCHASE DATE 1998/09 1997/02 2007/04/19 1996/09 2010/09/18 2002/12 2003/05/30
2004/04/26
2004/12/?? 2009/07/04 2007/03 2007/?? 2011/04/04
MANUFACTURER Touch Toshiba (500CDT) Nokia (N800 Internet Tablet) Dell (Optiplex GXL 5166) Asus (MK90H) Fujitsu (Lifebook P2120) Shuttle X (SN41G2)
ASUS Pundit (AB-P2600)
Dell (Inspiron 1150) HP (1035NR) Linksys
(NSLU2)
Linksys
(NSLU2)
Cloud Engines Pogoplug
PROCESSOR AMD K6-2 3D Intel Pentium  Texas Instruments OMAP2420
(ARM1136JF-S based)
Intel Pentium Intel Atom N270 Transmeta 933 TM5800 AMD Athlon 2500+
Intel Celeron
Intel Celeron Intel Atom N270 ARM-compatible Intel XScale IXP420 ARM-compatible Intel XScale IXP420 ARM926EJ-S rev 1 (v5l)
SPEED (MHZ/BOGOMIPS/UNIXBENCH/OCTANE) 300/599.65 120/47.92 330/160.68 166/66.15 2600/6416.96/993/159.2 & 214.8/2714 933/1841.56/355/134.5 1800/3643.80/1441 2400
2600/5195.60/1046/316.2/1873 1600/3192.23/966/203.7 & 313.6/2666 133/132.71 133/132.71/9.6 1200/1192.75/156.3
MEMORY (MB) 320 32 (16+16)
128 48 (16+16+8+8)
1024
384 (256+128) 1024 (512+512)
512
512 2048 (1024+1024) 40 (32+8) 40 (32+8) 256
STORAGE (GB)

7.5+7.5 (8+8)
156 (160) 55 (60) 111 (120)
37 (40) 55 (60)

0.512+8+500
POWER CONSUMPTION



13W / 0.11A 14W / 0.13A 91W / 0.80A
30W / 0.27A 13W / 0.12A 4W 4W 4W
LINUX /WINDOWS VERSION 2.4.18-3 (Redhat 7.3)/98 2.4.2 (Redhat 7.1)/98 Maemo Diablo Debian derivative (2.6.21-omap1
5.2008.43-7)
2.4.20-8 (Redhat 9.0) Linux Mint Debian 201303 (3.11-2-486) + Linux Mint Debian 201101 (3.0.0-1-686) + Windows XP Home Debian 7 Wheezy (3.2.0-4-486) Linux Mint Debian (2.6.32-5-686) +
Fedora 10 (2.6.27.5-117) + Windows XP Home

2.6.9-1.681 (Fedora Core 3) + XP Home
Cinnamon 2.0.14+lmde Linux Mint Debian 201303 (3.11-2-486) + Mint  Linux  16 Petra (3.11.0-12-generic) + Windows XP Home OpenWRT Kamikaze 7.09 (2.6.24.2) OpenWRT Attitude Adjustment 12.09-rc1 (3.3.8) Debian Linux 6 (2.6.32-5-kirkwood)
BIOS Award Modular BIOS V4.51PG (1998) Toshiba 500CS V5.05
Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS V1.10 A18 (1995) AMI BIOS r 0901 (10/09/09) Phoenix BIOS 1.03 (09/09/2002) Phoenix BIOS 6.00
Award BIOS Flash ROM
Phoenix BIOS A02 AMI BIOS F.13 2.11 OpenWRT Kamikaze (reflash from original) ???

MOTHERBOARD ASUS P5A ???
???

Shuttle F40
ASUS P4S8L
0F3553 361A



VIDEO CARD Matrox Millenium G200 AGP (8MB) C&T 65550 (2MB)
S3 Trio64V+ PCI (2MB) Intel 945GM ATI Radeon M6 (8MB) NVidia Geforce4 MX
SiS 315/651
Intel 82852GM Intel 945GM


WEBCAM




Chicony Electronics Co. (04f2:b036) uvcvideo



Webcam-101 (10f1:1a08) uvcvideo


MOUSE Logitech FirstMouse+ PS/2 Accupoint PS/2
Fast Mouse OK-520
Quickpoint + Starlogic Platinum Optical USB Notebook Mouse WSS63 Miscrosoft Intellimouse Explorer 3.0
Microsoft Wheel Mouse Optical





SOUND SoundBlaster 128 PCI ???
SoundBlaster Vibra 16s
SigmaTel STAC9756/57 Realtek AKC 650
Realtek ALC650
Sigmatel 9750



CDROM HP CD-Writer Plus 8100 ATAPI Toshiba XM-1402B ATAPI 6X
ASUSTek S340 ATAPI 34X

LG GCC-4480B ATAPI 48X
Pioneer DVR-RW DVR-107D
QSI CDRW/DVD SBW242U



CDR/W
HP CD-Writer Plus
8100 ATAPI 4X





LG GCC-4480B ATAPI 24X
Pioneer DVR-RW DVR-107D QSI CDRW/DVD SBW242U



DVD






LG GCC-4480B ATAPI 16X
Pioneer DVR-RW DVR-107D QSI CDRW/DVD SBW242U



DRIVES Maxtor 90680D4 6485MB (W98)
+Fujitsu MPD3084AT 8063MB (Linux)
+Maxtor 54098H8
40981 MB (Linux)
Toshiba MK2103MAV 2067MB
Maxtor 54098H8
40981 MB
+
Fujitsu MPA3026ATU 2503MB
Hitachi HTS54501 160gb
Seagate ST3120024A
120034 MB
Seagate
ST3200822A
200049 MB
Fujitsu MHT2040A 40GB Toshiba MK6028GA 60GB


ETHERNET Linksys LNEPCT II CPI 10BT Linksys Combo PCMCIA Ethernetcard NE2000 10BT
3COM 3C913 (3C509) ISA 10BT Atheros Communications AR8132 Fast Ethernet
+ Atheros Communications Inc. AR9285 Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express)

Realtek 8201BL 10/100BT
Broadcom BCM4401KFB
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
+ Broadcom Corporation BCM4312
Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller + Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)



Linksys 5-Port Workgroup Hub Xircom RealPort CardBus Ethernet 10/100+Modem 56

3COM Etherlink III 3C509 ISA 10BT








MODEM USR FaxModem 56K ???



USR Sportster 56K Voice Faxmodem






MONITOR Hansol 701P

Mitsubishi Diamondscan AUM-1391A

Samsung SyncMaster 193s
Lilliput 619GL-70NP/C/T





OTHER HP P1000 Photosmart Printer

Connectix Color Quickcam II

HP P1000 Photosmart Printer






Hauppauge 404 Win/TV

Kensington SuperVGA Videocam 67016


Hauppauge 404 Win/TV






Epson Perfection 1250 USB Scanner

ADS Technologies PCI-to-USB Adapter (Lucent USS-312 OpenHCI Controller)


Epson Perfection 1250 USB Scanner






SanDisk ImageMate USB (SDDR-31)




SanDisk ImageMate USB (SDDR-31)







LINUX HISTORY

YEAR
Linux Version
Notes
1995
Slackware 2.0.1
First Linux for Dare (on Amiga!)
1996
Slackware 3.1
Last Slackware Linux for Dare
1998
Redhat 5.1
First Redhat Linux for Dare (on PC)
2003
Redhat 9
Last Redhat Linux for Dare
2003
Fedora 1
First Fedora Linux for Dare
2008
Fedora 10
Last Fedora Linux for Dare
2007
Mint 6/7
Mint Linux testing for Dare
2008
Mint 8
First Mint Linux for Dare
2011
LMDE 201101
First LMDE for Dare
2011
Debian 6
Debian Linux testing for Dare
2012
LMDE 201204
Next LMDE for Dare
2013
LMDE 201303
Next LMDE for Dare
2014
LMDE 201403
Next LMDE for Dare
2015
LMDE-2 201503
Current LMDE for Dare

DYNAMIC DNS INFO

MTS supplies my DSL-based internet connection with a dynamically-assigned IP address.  In order to present a consistent and easy-to-remember named address for my webserver, I utilize the free services of the following dynamic DNS providers:

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                  logoJPG
                    freedns logo (my own)JPG Duck DNS Logo

GIF dnsexit


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