September 1993 - 486DX2/66, 16MB RAM, 445MB IDE disk, full tower
case. First Linux installation. Machine not on network at this time.
June 1994 - First experiments with UUCP link to other parts
August 1994 - 486DX2/66, 16MB RAM, 445MB IDE disk, full tower
case (not 100% dedicated - sometimes rebooted to Windows).
Machine goes up on WPI residential hall network. Will stay on WPI network for
almost 3 years.
March 1995 - 486DX/33, 8MB RAM, 1GB + 200M SCSI disk, desktop case
July 1995 - disk crash, lost 200M disk.
August 1995 - 486DX/33, 8MB RAM, 540MB IDE disk
September 1995 - 486DX/33, 20MB RAM, 860MB IDE disk, 3Com 3C509
ethernet card.. separate news server: Sun 3/60, 12MB RAM,
200 meg SCSI disk
February 1996 - news server migrates to Sun SPARCstation IPC, 12MB RAM,
1.2 gig SCSI disk, insane rack of
August 1996 - server upgraded to: DEC Alpha Multia
166MHz, 24MB RAM, 3.1 gig SCSI disk replaced old reliable 486/33
September 1996 - Alpha upgraded to 48MB RAM
February 1997 - news server decommissioned due to unreliability of SPARC Linux
May 1997 - main server moved off of WPI's network.
June 1997 - Alpha decommissioned: replaced with
full-sized tower AMD K5/100MHz, 32MB RAM, 2.9 gig SCSI disk,
1.6 gig IDE disk, Exabyte 8mm SCSI tape backup, IBM 2x SCSI CDROM, 3Com 3C509
December 1997 - main server upgraded to Intel Pentium 166MHz
MMX, 64MB 60ns RAM, 4.3 gig IDE disk, Intel EtherExpress PCI 10/100B ethernet
card, medium tower case.
January 11, 1998 - memory in main server upgraded to 96MB 60ns
June 13, 1999 - memory in main server upgraded to 128MB PC100
SDRAM. Additional 10 gig IDE disk added on second IDE channel.
November 27, 1999 - Main server upgraded to dual Pentium Pro
200MHz (512K cache CPUs), new 16 gigabyte IDE disk on primary IDE channel,
old 10 gigabyte IDE disk on secondary IDE channel. Machine has 256MB of
RAM and a Bay Networks/Lite-On PNIC 10/100 ethernet card. Fitted into the
Zeos case that housed the K5. Original power supply had a
severe meltdown when we were bringing up
the machine, so it was replaced with a new 250W supply. Unfortunately
that 250W supply suffered another meltdown on
April 21, 2000.
The P6DNE motherboard reportedly has a problem with its power connector, so
it will be replaced soon.
April 23, 2000 Main server temporarily running on an AMD K5/450
while old Dual machine takes a long rest in the shop.
January 28, 2001 Main server moved back to a new dual Pentium
Pro motherboard, two 200MHz (512K cache) processrs, 512MB EDO DRAM (8x64MB)
new IBM 20GB IDE disk, new IBM 40GB IDE disk, Intel EtherExpress 10/100
ethernet, Promise UDMA/66 IDE controller, Zeos case (with
400 Watt power supply.
Software History for the Satellite 'o Love LAN
August 1994 - August 1996 - Main server ran current versions of
September 1995 - news server running SunOS 4.1.1 for Sun3
February 1996 - news server running SunoOS 4.1.1 for Sun4c
August 1996 - Main server running RedHat Linux/AXP
September 1996 - News server running RedHat Linux/SPARC
June 1997 - Main server running Linux/x86 (Slackware)
December 1997 - Main server running FreeBSD 2.2.5
July 1998 - Main server running FreeBSD 2.2.7-STABLE
November 1999 - Main server running FreeBSD 3.3-RELEASE
Unknown - Main server running FreeBSD 3.4-RC
January 28, 2001 - Main server running FreeBSD 4.2-RELEASE