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Alright. I just got about 12 Dell Optiplexes for free from a landfill. Most of them are in decent shape, they all have Pentium 3s/Celerons @ 1Ghz+, a floppy drive, and an ethernet card. I was thinking about setting them all up and folding with them, but only a couple have HDDs. Is there any way I can make all of the optiplexes run off of one HDD? Like through a LAN or something? Thanks
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Fold. Do it!
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AH you can but its slow and when I asked that most members said it was so long and complex they would not tell me.

Get a few 5-10gigs off friends or ebay for 20$ and linix


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Small HDDs are dirt cheep at a local PC show that rolls around once a month near me.
Next one wont be for 3 weeks though
    
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AH you can but its slow and when I asked that most members said it was so long and complex they would not tell me.

Get a few 5-10gigs off friends or ebay for 20$ and linix


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well i think 'they' said this because they didnt know exactly how to do it, although they may have an idea.

its not that hard, set to boot of network and have a server OS installed on a large HD (160, 80 would do)
    
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well i think 'they' said this because they didnt know exactly how to do it, although they may have an idea.

its not that hard, set to boot of network and have a server OS installed on a large HD (160, 80 would do)
So I could just plug them all into a router? Or would they all have to be connected to the server? Would Wi n 2000 work as an OS? It's already on one of them
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How would a small linux distro work from a flash drive? I've heard it's possible. Any Linux people want to chime in on this?
    
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LAN them together and run cluster knopix on them all and make a nice big cluster to fold on =)
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How would a small linux distro work from a flash drive? I've heard it's possible. Any Linux people want to chime in on this?
I tried it before, it's a little bit of a pain to get working. However, the BIOS needs to support booting from a flash drive, which I doubt the old dell's would. Perhaps something more along the lines of a live CD ?
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LAN them together and run cluster knopix on them all and make a nice big cluster to fold on =)
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