OffTopic: Is the PowerBook 145d anygood?

David A. Gatwood dgatwood at
Wed Nov 10 15:44:35 EST 1999

On Tue, 9 Nov 1999, Doomsday Machine wrote:

> "David A. Gatwood" wrote:
> > On Tue, 9 Nov 1999, Doomsday Machine wrote:
> >
> > > Well, besides it being completely off topic, the 145b is seriously
> > > outdated.  It's fine for wordprocessing (I guess) but not much else.  I
> > > guess if you really wanted to, you could probably load mklinux on it,
> >
> > Umm... MkLinux only works on PPC machines.  That's a 68k.  Can run NetBSD,
> > though.
> Didn't they have a version of mklinux for 68k?  Or maybe that was a link to
> the linux/68k project...oh well, it's been a while since I ran mklinux on my
> 8500 :)

Yeah, that's a linux/68k project link.

> > > but that would be some work, cause it doesn't have a cdrom, and I don't
> > > know if it can get ethernet hookups.
> >
> > Not unless you happen to find one of the old Cabletron Ethernet to SCSI
> > adapters.  Asante's aren't supported under *BSD for usual corporate
> > reasons.
> Yeah.  I suppose if you purchased the 145b, you could take out a serial
> port, hardwire an ethernet port to it, write your own drivers...;-) 

True, it did have two.  If you're really enterprising, you might be able
to go above 56k....  ;-)


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