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Hand-Me-Down Linux: The Notebook Edition

Sep 27, 2007, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Serdar Yegulalp)

"Not long ago I blogged about fitting Linux onto an older system and giving it to someone who doesn't need the latest model of PC. This week, I tried it with a notebook that's about seven or eight years old. Windows XP barely ran. Linux gave it a new lease on life.

"Here's how it happened. A friend of mine did a closet-cleaning and found he had a Dell (Dell) Inspiron 7000 notebook--a 333 Mhz Pentium II (!) with 256MB RAM and an 18GB HD. At some point he'd installed Windows XP on it and it ran, but just barely. The system itself was in fine cosmetic shape; it had been barely used, and at some point he'd picked up another notebook and more or less forgotten about this one..."

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