Tuesday, March 5, 2013

shairport on 233 MHz, a success story

Well like the title says shairport works quite nice with really old hardware and I do think 16 years qualifies as really old when it comes to computers.

Here's the specs:
Toshiba Satellite 320CDS
CPU
: 233 Mhz Pentium MMX
RAM: 96 MB
HDD: SandDisk Compact Flash 8 GB Extreme IV via Lycom CF 2 IDE Bridge
OS: Debian Gnu/Linux Squeeze

When streaming music from iTunes shairport uses about 38% CPU, quite a lot compared to mpg123 that only draws 10 % CPU. But really I'm just impressed that it works. When it comes to RAM shairport uses roughly 4 % of my available 95 MB.

The output of shairport isn't really that much fun
to look at so here's a screenshot of top instead. 

I'm not going to tell you how to do it. That's pretty much covered here.