I have an IBM Xseries 366 Quad Intel 3.66GHz 32GB Ram server sitting here doing nothing important.
I need a Linux desktop computer.... So... can I make use of this as a desktop computer? Or would that be silly?
The specs are here:
The two posible limitations I see are the video and audio.
Video: I am thinking I could use xdmcp to connect to it, so the video shouldn't be a problem. It would also be more convenient due to the size and noise of the server. I can leave it in the rack and access it from another room.
Or, I could use a long VGA extension and add a video card, but I don't have a clue what kind to put into it. As far as I am aware the PCI-x 266 slot isn't conducive to video cards--or am I wrong there.
Or thirdly--should I use a thin client setup. How are they performance-wise. I would think it's pretty much the same as the xdmcp solution performace-wise.
Audio: That leaves the audio. The main purpose of this computer would be office style usage, and I want to use it to run a data feed with trading software--using audio alerts. So I would need an audio card. The thing is it uses PCI-x 266 slots. What card would I use?
Is there any reason this is a bad idea? Any suggestions of how best to go about it?
Due to the nature of this question, I will probably end up accepting multple answers.
Thanks in advance,