Out with the old

I was getting fed up with my main desktop at home. It was a Pentium 4/2.8Ghz with 2GB of memory and I think it had seen its finest days. It had run Ubuntu starting with 7.04, and been steadily upgraded from 7.10 to 8.04 and 8.10. When I say upgraded, I mean to say that I did do the upgrade, but found that post-upgrade, crumbs were left behind from the old install, and subsequently made the machine even slower and more frustrating to use. I ended up blowing away the machine when each new Ubuntu release came out, and reinstalling fresh. Besides the horsepower under the CPU hood, I have a pretty nice desktop setup. Two Samsung 21″ LCD’s sit on my desk, giving me 3200×1200 of usable desktop space.

Running Amarok with Firefox became a painful experience. Music would skip when I switched applications. Firefox would turn its dreadful darkened gray as it churned in the background. I found myself just keeping the machine off for most of the time, using my work-provided Thinkpad T60 on the couch as my main machine at home.

Meanwhile my server at home was sitting there idle for the most part, besides when I had the time at home to mess around with a virtual machine or four. This machine was something I built around the start of 2008: One Dual-Core Opteron 2218, 16GB of ram, a 250GB Raid-1 setup for my data, with a 10k RPM Seagate SATA drive for the OS, and a dual-head DVI video card just in case situations like this come around.

I’m in the process now of installing ubuntu-desktop, at which point I look forward to making this machine my new speedy desktop at home. Not to mention it’s a hell of a lot quieter than the old P4/2.8.

Requisite geek porn:

jforman@pinotnoir:~$ lspci
00:00.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP55 Memory Controller (rev a2)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP55 LPC Bridge (rev a3)
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation MCP55 SMBus (rev a3)
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP55 USB Controller (rev a1)
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP55 USB Controller (rev a2)
00:04.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP55 IDE (rev a1)
00:05.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP55 SATA Controller (rev a3)
00:05.1 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP55 SATA Controller (rev a3)
00:05.2 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP55 SATA Controller (rev a3)
00:06.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP55 PCI bridge (rev a2)
00:06.1 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP55 High Definition Audio (rev a2)
00:08.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP55 Ethernet (rev a3)
00:09.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP55 Ethernet (rev a3)
00:0a.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP55 PCI Express bridge (rev a3)
00:0d.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP55 PCI Express bridge (rev a3)
00:0f.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP55 PCI Express bridge (rev a3)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
01:05.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306 Fire II IEEE 1394 OHCI Link Layer Controller (rev c0)
01:07.0 RAID bus controller: 3ware Inc 7xxx/8xxx-series PATA/SATA-RAID (rev 01)
04:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8600 GT (rev a1)
jforman@pinotnoir:~$ cat /proc/cpuinfo
processor : 0
vendor_id : AuthenticAMD
cpu family : 15
model : 65
model name : Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 2218
stepping : 2
cpu MHz : 2600.085
cache size : 1024 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 2
core id : 0
cpu cores : 2
apicid : 0
initial apicid : 0
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 1
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt rdtscp lm 3dnowext 3dnow rep_good nopl pni cx16 lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm extapic cr8_legacy
bogomips : 5200.17
TLB size : 1024 4K pages
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management: ts fid vid ttp tm stc

processor : 1
vendor_id : AuthenticAMD
cpu family : 15
model : 65
model name : Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 2218
stepping : 2
cpu MHz : 2600.085
cache size : 1024 KB
physical id : 0
siblings : 2
core id : 1
cpu cores : 2
apicid : 1
initial apicid : 1
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 1
wp : yes
flags : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt rdtscp lm 3dnowext 3dnow rep_good nopl pni cx16 lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm extapic cr8_legacy
bogomips : 5200.26
TLB size : 1024 4K pages
clflush size : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes : 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management: ts fid vid ttp tm stc