A quick update. I've reached a bit of a dilemma regarding which way to go with the testing. This has become at least 3 separate but related tests.
1, Can 98 effectively serve as a Tor relay, for how long, and under what loads? As a client, there's no problems running Tor on 98.
2, Can Vidalia be made to run stable on 98 for an extended period?
3, Can SocksCap be made stable on 98 for an extended period? If not, what alternatives can replace it?
Tor itself is running very well as an exit node. At times, Kerio has displayed over 100 connections to it with the average number being around 40-50. According to TorStatus
, it has reached the 4 day mark. At present, this is the only relay or exit node running Windows 98 listed there. That in itself is a tribute to all of those who worked on all the unofficial upgrade projects.
Vidalia is proving to be another matter. Starting last night, Vidalia has been gradually becoming dysfunctional. First, it stopped displaying the network status. This was followed by the traffic graph and the message log failing. Memload and the system resource meter showed the systems had plenty of both available. When Kerio no longer showed any connection between Vidalia and Tor, I terminated Vidalia via SSM. The graphics errors I described in the Oct 12 post, were beginning to appear again, but disappeared after I'd terminated Vidalia. Kex for Vidalia was set to default, which seemed to work good for the previous version. The default setting for Vidalia was to automatically generate a random password when it authenticates itself to Tor. Unfortunately, if Vidalia crashes or gets shut down and Tor continues to run, Vidalia is not able to reconnect to it when restarted. For all further testing, I'll assign a static password to avoid this problem.
At this moment, Tor is running and relaying traffic, but I have no ability to monitor its activity. Tor does not actually require Vidalia in order to work and will continue to function according to the torrc config file. The Tor "expert bundle" doesn't include it, but it is a very useful and handy interface. Any further testing of Vidalia would require me to terminate and restart Tor. Without Vidalia, I have no way to alert the other relays that my exit node would be shut down. For the present, I'm going to continue testing the ability of 98 to serve as a Tor relay until one or the other fails. Without Vidalia, I won't be able to get accurate traffic volume figures, but I can get a good indication from TorStatus and from Kerio's status screen. If/when one or the other fails, I will resume testing Vidalia and SocksCap with different Kex settings (and a fixed Vidalia password so I can restart it if needed).
Edited by herbalist, 01 November 2011 - 06:22 PM.