I’m thinking about replacing my existing Fedora Linux desktop. I’m really on the fence about it.
On the one hand, it’s never, ever caused me any major problems. I don’t turn it on very often, except when I’m working with something I can’t easily do on the Windows box (I keep forgetting MozillaBuild doesn’t provide everything). Plus, I finally decided to try ccache, and it makes for an amazing build time: about 10 minutes on this three year old box.
On the other hand, it is three years old, and a build of Mozilla Firefox 4 trunk takes a couple hours when ccache’s cache isn’t up to date. (For comparison, the Windows box running Windows 7 now takes about the same time, and its specs are significantly better!) Fedora did a pretty bad job partitioning the 80GB drive, so at one point my home directory partition had only a couple GB of free space on it (while Fedora reserved about half the drive for itself and used very little). I bought an external hard drive to compensate – which turns out to be a pretty good idea anyway from just the backup standpoint. Most ironic of all is that the CD burner in the drive doesn’t reliably burn Fedora CD’s, so every time I want to upgrade Fedora, I have to let my Windows machine do the work…
Now, I hear stories of i7 machines that can do clobber builds of Mozilla in fifteen minutes, and I start to think about greener pastures. As much as I think, Oh, I don’t really need it, I keep thinking about it.
So what do you think? If you have a perfectly good machine that’s just old, running Linux, do you replace it, and why?