I hadn’t used KDE in at least 5 or 6 years, so I decided I’d give it a try again. Wow, I didn’t think it was possible to get uglier but apparently it was. I’m currently installing regular Ubuntu 9.10, I haven’t used Ubuntu desktop since like 8.10. I have been using Ubuntu Server for a while now on 540House though.
I’m installing Ubuntu on that spare windows box I have because I want to mess around with Gentoo as well. This could be the end of me… we’ll see.
So there really is no reason for the server to be on the machine its on right now. The server is a P4 3.0GHz with 1GB PC3200 400MHz RAM in a 7 year old Dell configuration. The thing must suck a lot of power. To save some money in the long run, I’m thinking about switching it to an Atom machine. Here is the possible configuration:
Would be about $150, and according to the PSU calculator, would drop my power consumption from 229 watts to 54 watts. A 175 watt saving will save me about $150 in electricity, if assuming $0.10 per kWh. Then again we split the electricity bill 5 ways, so I’d really only save $30 a year, but I think of it as an investment. I just hope the savings in electricity won’t also mean I lose computing power.
I’m gonna post on reddit to see if they have any advice.