Extend Life of an Old PC with Linux


Linux provides a good alternative for those who hate Windows – but a conversion comes with potential issues.–PC Pitstop.

Extend Life of an Old PC with Linux

What do you think if I convert to Linux, or am I wasting my time? What applications and utilities are compatible, i.e. browsers, anti spyware, virus protection etc. How would you go about setting the computer up. I have moderate experience, utilizing forums and sites like yours when encountering major problems.

Linux is a great way to extend the life of older computers, simply because the resource requirements of many Linux distributions are so much less than those of Windows.

And, of late, I’m hearing from people who, like you, are frustrated with Microsoft and Windows and are hoping for alternatives.

Linux isn’t for everyone, but it can be a solid alternative.

However, we need to set some expectations, and of course there are also a few “gotcha’s” along the way.

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  1. If you decide on Ubuntu or Mint Linux, there's absolutely loads of web pages to help you – just Google. It helps (I've found) to retain Windows and dual-boot your machine, so that when you switch on, you will get a screen which allows you to choose Windows or Linux to boot up to (this 'GRUB' or Grand Unified Bootloader screen is written to the Windows boot sector at the end of a Ubuntu or Mint installation).
    Download the latest Ubuntu 32 or 64bit as required for your machine and burn it as an 'image' to a DVD or USB stick. Set you machine to boot up to the DVD or USB stick then try the operating system, and if you think you'll like it, allow it to install. It'll ask you how much space you want to allow Windows, and install Linux on the rest.
    Using Ubuntu or Mint or any other Linux distribution, you can access files on the Windows drive. You can read them and store pictures and files into Windows 'My Documents'. Booting into Windows, however, Windows cannot 'see' the Linux drive at all!

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