I was just given a couple of computers, and they are using VIA processors. I haven't found a linux distribution that works on it yet (because of the architecture). They are old computers, and I'm not completely sure what Linux distribution will work.
Answer by rjbradlow · Dec 04, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I know this is an old thread but, for those still stumbling upon it...
Not knowing what you have is the biggest battle of finding Linux distros or compiling your own (suggested).
Here's a tip (Windows exe): http://www.cpu-world.com/Download/CPU_identification.html
and of course any Linux distro that will fire up on your system will also be able to tell you in great detail what most if not all hardware is on your board.
Knoppix, FreeBSD, Tiny Core Linux, among other small distros works with my VIA C3 1.0AGHz Nehemia CPU on a EVCM-F MB with a VT8235M southbridge and a Phoenix Bios D686.eBay was flooded with 15Watt fanless MAXSPEED MaxTerm X500 Thin Clients (TC) sporting these MB's a few years back where you could get them around $10ea. in bulk. Very cool and capable little boxes. (Pun intended)
I also found that the power converter boards were lacking in these units, so upgrading them or using a good clean desktop PSU of at least 200W definitely helps if you add things like a HD & PCI Video card to eliminate screen jitter and take advantage of the eye candy that full size distros offer. Latest distros with the new Gnome and KDE DE's may prove too taxing even with a good GPU; VIA chipsets are after all a low power embeded technology.
That said, they are stll very fun to play with and also useful for low power headless dedicated applications like small LAN DNS and/or Proxy servers, pfsense or smoothwall firewall, and low end HTPC boxes that beat ARM proc. based units.
Another use for bulk recycling TC treasures found on eBay is LTSP & DRBL applications including a local OLPC & LTSP combo.
Answer by FizzNakLe · Dec 02, 2010 at 11:07 PM
OK, first get parallels, then get windows, then create a boot-able thumb drive, then install Mandriva Linux...
I'm not sure how to create a boot-able thumb drive in OS X. any chance you have Linux on your Mac?
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