The Acer Travelmate TL732 is an old and battered Notebook with a worn-out battery-pack, but it is still working reliably. I am using it at home when I am sitting in the living room and don’t feel like firing up my workstation in the sanctum.
Today’s Scope of Application:
Operating System: NetBSD 4.0/i386, with pkgsrc for package-management, though I am using pkgsrc-binaries, since the laptop is not really powerful enough to compile every piece of software I need installed.
I am using the laptop for standard office-operations, software-development, and things like that. A complete list of applications cannot be provided, since it would go far beyond the scope of these pages, but OpenOffice.org, LyX and Firefox belong to my standard apps and can be found on every computer I am using (and which has a graphical user-interface, of course).
Though I obviously run X on the laptop, I do not use a Desktop Environment like GNOME or KDE because it would consume to much resources. As you can see in the technical details below, the laptop is not the most powerful one. I am using X with a simple Windowmanager instead, called “Blackbox“. It is fast, small, nice to look at, and easy to configure and adjust. I am using it on every machine running X, which is not really resourceful enough for running GNOME or KDE.
|CPU||:||Intel Pentium III @ 500 MHz|
|RAM||:||SDRAM SO-DIMM, 256 MB|
|Operating System||:||NetBSD 4.0|