Building a Linux Network Appliance, Part 1 - page 2
You'll need two PCs--one connected to the Internet so you can download software and get help, and one to serve as your appliance. Your Internet PC should also have a CD or DVD-writer so you can burn your own Linux installation disks, but if you don't have this you may order installation disks for a small price. Your appliance PC should meet these minimum requirements:
- AMD K6, Pentium II or Celeron CPU
- 64 megabytes of RAM
- 10-gigabyte hard drive
- CD or DVD-ROM
- Two Ethernet cards, different brands that use different drivers
Some Linux users pride themselves on getting maximum mileage out of very old, feeble hardware, but be assured your geek cred won't suffer from using more modern, powerful hardware. Newer machines perform better and aren't as likely to keel over from exhaustion.