Going smooth without cutting edge hardware

The computer I use to write you this post will be 8 years old on august 2010. During that period the only hardware I added was:

  • an extra 500MB Ram
  • one extra hard disk of 200GB (the first one is 40GB)
  • a wireless usb adapter

Here are the most important hardware components:

  • Processor: AMD Athlon(TM) XP 2000+ (1666,00MHz, single core)
  • Memory: 1GB
  • Video card: Nvidia GeForce4 MX 440 (64MB DDR)
  • First hard disk: Maxtor 40GB
  • Second hard disk: Western Digital Caviar 200GB

Everything runs very smoothly. I can do what I want with it. Surfing the web (Mozilla Firefox), read my mails (Mozilla Thunderbird), using spreadsheets and write letters (Open Office), view (Picasa) and manipulate (Gimp) my Photos, playing games (Doom 3, Urban Terror, …), …

So what’s my point? Well if you don’t use Linux yet and your computer is very slow and/or instable, at least before you throw that hardware away try Linux on it.

Wy trying Linux?

  • Because it will cost you 0 ($, €, whatever …)
  • It runs good on hardware that isn’t bleeding edge. So again you will save money because for the latest and greatest you pay normally a lot more.
  • It’s very stable.
  • You don’t have to pay for anti-virus software because you don’t need (yes really) anti-virus software.
  • You will learn something new and that’s always exciting.
  • Still not convinced? You find some other statements on www.whylinuxisbetter.net

Linux Mint is a good starter

Which Linux distribution to choose? Well there are a lot of distributions as there are a lot of ice cream flavours. One of my favourite flavours is Linux Mint.

my own desktop

One year ago I installed Mint on my girlfriends laptop. She has no special computer experience and she’s very happy with it.

Some weeks ago I installed Mint on the desktop of my girlfriends sister. I proposed it because otherwise the desktop would go to the bin. Neither my girlfriends sister is an experienced computer user. The result was an other happy person.

Yesterday I also decided to migrate from Linux Kubuntu to Linux Mint. After making an image of my Linux partition in case something went wrong, I installed Mint in less then half an hour.

Linux under the hood

Maybe you never heard about Linux but even then it is there, because the page you are reading is hosted on a a Linux server.

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