User group seeks ageing systems

If the upgrade cycle has left you with an office full of out of date Sun boxes or Sparc workstations and the like, the Linux Users Group wants to hear from you.

If the upgrade cycle has left you with an office full of out of date Sun boxes or Sparc workstations and the like, the Linux Users Group (NZLUG) wants to hear from you.

NZLUG is trying to get its hands on old systems that companies may not want any more so they can learn more about how non-Windows/Intel systems work.

"Basically we all work with Wintel boxes but it would be great to get our hands on some other boxes to see how they work and to see what we can do with them," says Dylan Reeve who is the spokesman for the group on this issue.

Reeve has been in contact with recycling company The Ark, but was told it gets very few non-Wintel systems because it can't do anything with them. Reeve hopes this means there are plenty of unwanted systems lying around that companies would be happy to hand over to LUG.

"We're obviously not well resourced so we can't go out and buy Sparc stations or whatever but if they are out there we'd certainly love to get our hands on them."

Reeve doesn't want to limit the group to working just with Sun systems, either.

"We'll take anything that's going really - Alpha, HP, whatever."

Reeve and LUG don't have any firm plans for what they'll do with any systems they do get hold of, they'd just like to see what they can do.

"Some of us are coders and they'd like to see if their stuff will work on these boxes. We'd like to see if we can cluster them together and that sort of thing."

Anyone with equipment they'd like to get rid of can contact Reeve.

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