Last night (2 Jan 2016) @Elliot_Wells and I looked over the computers we have in the front room. All of them are very old machines – Scarab has a “Designed for Windows XP” logo on it – and were old when we got them. We scavenged memory as best we could to get these machines at peak memory. Scarab, Twilight Sparkle, Princess Buttercup, and I believe one of the 3d printer computers are now rocking a whole 4GB of ram. I guess they are not completely worthless – Newegg is selling a refurbished machine almost identical to Scarab for $70 – but they are close.
I just got a notice this afternoon that Google Chrome will stop supporting 32-bit Linux in March, which doesn’t mean the machines are completely gone, but it does show that support is seriously waning on these boxes.
Maybe it’s time to solicit donations of more modern machines? Stuff that isn’t 8-10 years old?
The Optiplex 755 machines (Firefly, Marvin, Gort, Twilight Sparkle, Princess Buttercup) all have more modern processors than Scarab and Monarch, and can run 64-bit operating systems. As a temporary measure, we could look into swapping out Scarab in favor of Twilight Sparkle, unless there’s a reason that machine is out of service (it appears to have some display issues).
I have an inventory of machines at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vwGsVzxUHFhWh3VK7uq62zA6XNyhArkXndjeNqUVrT4/edit?usp=sharing which should probably be updated with the parts scavenging that’s been going on.