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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. 

Here are the numerous Linux distribution and device logos that I have used throughout my fun times with Linux :)

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                    LogoPNG Raspian
                    LogoJPG chrome logoJPG orange pi logoPNG
                    chip logo

  • 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).

DESKTOP COMPUTERS

NAME Frodo2 Frodo2 Frodo3 Frodo4
Frodo5
Frodo15 Frodo10 Frodo11 Frodo18
PRIMARY USE Gaming Desktop Computer
Primary Desktop Workhorse (close to retirement)
Primary Desktop (replacement for Frodo2)
Web Server Dongle Computer
TV Computer
SBC (Single Board Computer) with GPS NTP Server
SBC (Single Board Computer) with Webcam & GPS
SBC (Single Board Computer) with RTL-SDR Flight Tracking Station
ASSEMBLY/
PURCHASE DATE
2018/03/29 (used)

2009/12/10
2017/07/18 (used from eBay) 2017/06/30 (used from eBay)
2017/04/18 (used from eBay)
2014/04/09
2017/06/28 (from FastTech)
2016/08/10 (ordered on Kickstarter 2015/11/30!)
2015/06/15 (from Amazon)
MANUFACTURER HP (Power Pavilion 580-131)

Gateway (SX2800)
Dell (Chromebox for Meetings 3010)
Dell (Chromebook 11-3120)
Asus (Chromebit B013C CS10) Asus (Chromebox CN60)
Orange Pi (PC Plus)
Next Thing Company (C.H.I.P.)
Raspberry Pi Foundation (Raspberry Pi 2)
PROCESSOR Ryzen 1400

Intel Core2 Quad Q8200
Intel Core i7-4600U
Intel Celeron
N2840
RockChip 3288-C
Intel Celeron 2955U
Allwinner H3 quad core Cortex A7 @ 1.3 GHz 1 Ghz Single-Core ARM Cortex-A8 ARMv7 900 MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7
FAMILY Ryzen
Yorkfield
Haswell
Braswell

Haswell
Allwinner R8 (32-bit) Allwinner R8 (32-bit) Broadcom
BCM2836
(32-bit)
ARCHITECTURE





ARM Allwinner @ 1.3 GHz
1 Processor
ARM
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/GEEKBENCH/UNIXBENCH/OCTANE) [66.0.3359.139]
Octane 2.0:
30548

Speedometer 2.0:
64.67

Geekbench:
4112/13650

Userbench
2330/18621.48/5273/916.5 & 2209.0/12561
[66.0.3359.139]
Octane 2.0:
13807

Speedometer 2.0:
31.5

Geekbench:
2791/3929

[66.0.3359.158]
Octane 2.0:
8103

Speedometer 2.0:
15.7

Geekbench:
1129/1864



[66.0.3359.158]
Octane 2.0:
4652

Speedometer 2.0:
15.2
[66.0.3359.180]
Octane 2.0:
9571

Speedometer 2.0:
25.9

Geekbench:
1681/1808
1300/4800.00/1906/205.1/
1000/429.72/411/173.0/1000 900/153.60/1218/471.6
MEMORY (GB) 8

4
8
4 2
4
1
0.5 1
STORAGE (GB)
1000 + 240
596 (640)
16
16 16 16
8 + 16
4
8
POWER CONSUMPTION

49W / 0.42A



89W / 0.76A
3w / 0.23A
4W / 0.36A
LINUX /WINDOWS VERSION Linux Mint 18.3 + Windows 10




Linux Mint Debian 201303 (4.5.0-0.bpo.1-amd64) + Linux Mint Debian 201101 (3.0.0-1-686-pae) + Windows 10
ChromeOS + Linux Mint Debian (4.9.0-0.bpo.3-amd64) ChromeOS + Crouton Debian Jessie (4.4.52-08264-gaa3473cb9b04)
ChromeOS ChromeOS + Linux Mint Debian (4.9.0-0.bpo.2-amd64)
Linux orangepipcplus 3.4.113-PPS-sun8i
Debian (4.4.11-ntc)

Linux raspberrypi 3.18.7-v7+
DESKTOP
Cinnamon

Cinnamon 2.0.14+lmde

Cinnamon 3.2.7+betsy n/a

Cinnamon 2.0.14+lmde n/a n/a n/a (not used)
BIOS



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


N/A
MOTHERBOARD
WG43M








VIDEO
AMD Radeon RX 580
Intel X4500HD Intel Graphics HD 4400 Intel Graphics HD

Intel Graphics HD 4000


Broadcom VideoCore IV
MOUSE




Gateway  MODTUO + Logitech NX80







SOUND

Integrated







CDROM
LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH40F







CDR/W

LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH40F






DVD

LG HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH40F






DRIVES

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



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



ETHERNET


Intel Corporation 82567V-2 Gigabit Network Connection







NOTES





Replaced CMOS battery





LAPTOP COMPUTERS

NAME Merry1 Merry2
Merry3
Merry4
Merry5
Merry6
PRIMARY USE Portable Computing
Portable Computing
Portable Computing Portable Computing For Mom's Use
Tablet Style with Android
ASSEMBLY/
PURCHASE DATE
Manufactured: 2014/04/21

Purchased:
2014/10/21

(used from eBay)
Manufactured: 2015/01/29

Purchased: 2016/04/26 (used from eBay)
Manufactured: 2015/03/25

Purchased:
2016/04/24
(used from eBay)
Manufactured: 2014/03/17

Purchased: 2016/03/31
(used from eBay)
Manufactured: 2015/03/24

Purchased:
2016/07/15
(used from eBay)
Manufactured:
2017/02/21

Purchased:
2017/12/07
(used from eBay)
MANUFACTURER/MAKE/MODEL Acer
(Chromebook C720P)


C720P-2677

Google PEPPY

Acer
(Chromebook C720P)

C720P-2664

Google PEPPY
Acer
(Chromebook C740)

C740-C5U9

Google AURON PAINE
Acer (Chromebook C720)

C720-2844

Google PEPPY
Acer
(Chromebook C740)

C740-C5U9

Google AURON PAINE
Acer
(Chromebook C738T)

C738T-C60Q

Google CYAN
PROCESSOR Intel Celeron 2955U Intel Celeron 2955U Intel Celeron 3205U

Intel Celeron 2955U
Intel Celeron 3205U Intel Celeron N3050
FAMILY Haswell Haswell Broadwell
Haswell
Broadwell Braswell
SPEED  BENCHMARKS
[62.0.3202.74]
Octane 2.0: 10090

Speedometer 2.0: 50.9

Geekbench: 1668/2757
[66.0.3359.137]
Octane 2.0: 11153

Speedometer 2.0: 51.8

Geekbench: 1668/2757
[66.0.3359.137]
Octane 2.0: 11930

Speedometer 2.0: 57.89

Geekbench:
1902/3252
[66.0.3359.137]
Octane 2.0: 10946

Speedometer 2.0: 52.5

Geekbench: 1668/2757
[66.0.3359.137]
Octane 2.0: 10045

Speedometer 2.0: 57.0

Geekbench:
1902/3252
[66.0.3359.137]
Octane 2.0: 7867

Speedometer 2.0: 25.62

Geekbench: 1165/2113
MEMORY (GB) 2 4
4
4
4
4
STORAGE (GB)
128
32 + 64
32 + 64
16 + 64
16
16 + 64
POWER CONSUMPTION

0.25 Amps / 29 watts
0.30 Amps / 34 watts


0.27 Amps /  31 watts
LINUX /WINDOWS VERSION ChromeOS  + LMDE2 ChromeOS + LMDE2 ChromeOS + LMDE2 ChromeOS + LMDE2 ChromeOS ChromeOS + LMDE2
DESKTOP
Cinnamon 2.0.14




BIOS Coreboot
Coreboot Coreboot Coreboot Coreboot Coreboot
VIDEO
Intel Graphics HD
4000
Intel Graphics HD 4000 Intel Graphics HD 4200
Intel Graphics HD
4000
Intel Graphics HD
4200
Intel Graphics HD 5300
NOTES White Touchscreen model!  My first Chrome device!
Black Touchscreen model with 4GB memory! Replaced battery
Basic C720
Basic C740
Black Touchscreen Flip model!  My first Chrome device supporting Android apps!


DEPARTED COMPUTERS

 
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 Frodo1 Frodo2 Frodo3 Frodo4 Frodo4 Frodo5 Frodo6 Frodo7 Frodo7 Frodo9 Frodo10 Frodo11 Frodo12
ASSEMBLY/PURCHASE DATE 1998/09 2008/12/01 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 Darren Enns (custom) 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 Atom 330 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 1800/3191.49/1259/319.2 & 582.9/12319 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 2024 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)
931 (1000)
7.5+7.5 (8+8)
156 (160) 55 (60) 111 (120)
37 (40) 55 (60)

0.512+8+500
POWER CONSUMPTION
55W / 0.47A


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 Windows 10 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) Intel 07/31/2008 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 Intel D945GCLF2 ???
???

Shuttle F40
ASUS P4S8L
0F3553 361A



VIDEO CARD Matrox Millenium G200 AGP (8MB) Intel 82945G 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

Logitech Quickcam Fusion (050d:08c1) uvcvideo


Chicony Electronics Co. (04f2:b036) uvcvideo



Webcam-101 (10f1:1a08) uvcvideo


MOUSE Logitech FirstMouse+ PS/2 C2 Tech M030 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 Samsung SH-S223Q DVD+RW 22x8x16 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
Samsung SH-S223Q DVD+RW 22x8x16




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



DVD

Samsung SH-S223Q DVD+RW 22x8x16




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)
Western Digital Caviar GP WD10EACS SATA 1TB 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 Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller + Belkin Components F5D8053 N Wireless USB Adapter v1000/v4000 [Ralink RT2870] (050d:8053) 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 Hauppauge WinTV PVR-350 (Model 24019) (2040:2400)

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
Next LMDE for Dare
2017
LMDE-2 201701 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:

JPG no-ip.org
                  logoJPG
                    freedns logo (my own)JPG Duck DNS Logo

GIF dnsexit


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