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DesktopLinux: Reincarnating a Discarded Laptop with Linux

Aug 03, 2006, 12:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Howard Fosdick)

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"I recently picked up an old discarded laptop... straight out of a corporate garbage bin, as a matter of fact. Could it be useful? What could it do? As an IT professional, I thought I'd find out.

"You've probably read similar stories elsewhere. Many people acquire old Pentium I, II, or III era laptops and install Linux and other free software to create a useful machine. A few years ago, laptop Linux was immature and this was a challenge. Laptops have always been proprietary and less standardized than desktop PCs. Today, however, Linux features much better hardware detection and installs easily on most laptops..."

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