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Old laptops love Linux - new ones as well

Posted 04-09-2012 at 10:46 AM by error_401
Updated 12-18-2015 at 05:40 PM by error_401 (updated information)
Tags laptop, linux

I'm using Linux on more than a dozen (previously 2) own laptops and have installations running on 6 (previously 3) others.

One is a 7 year old siemens-nixdorf laptop used by a retired person for internet e-mail and a bit of card games. He loves it for the speed and ease of use. Especially the order of the programs in the very simple groups such as "Internet" "Multimedia" etc.

One is a 5 year old Toshiba. It came to me with a very ugly virus, trojan, worm infection. Unable to get rid of it under Windows Vista. Unable to retrieve the users data from the HDD. Made it boot a small Linux from USB stick, saved all data of the user and then set it up with the recovery partition installing Windows Vista and a dual boot into Debian 8 (previous Debian 6). Now it can run both. Should anything happen again to the Windows - there is Linux.

The other night I sat up a Dell Latitude 505 for use as an internet, chat, e-mail laptop and to manipulate and work on pictures. I'll see what the Linux novice tells me in some time. A hardcore gamer on Windows it will be very interesting to see if this user will be happy with linux.

And actually I'm writing on a 10 year old Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop. It's original Windows XP started to get the wireless error very common on these machines. It would no longer connect or drop the connection. The usual pointless comments - you have to upgrade to Win7 was actually the reason for me to get rid of windows altogether. Flattened the laptop to use the full HDD. Setup time 25 minutes. Only snitch - because I install from a single CD image - I had to add the wireless firmware in a second step.

And as promised more machines as of DEC 2015:

LAPTOP: ACER E1-532 is running Debian 8
LAPTOP: A Fujitsu LifeBook U772 is running Debian 8 in Virtualbox on Win 7.
LAPTOP: ACER E15 - E5-573 is running Debian 8
LAPTOP: Toshiba Laptop is running Debian 8
LAPTOP: ACER 505 is running Debian 8
LAPTOP: PACKARD BELL running Debian 8
NETBOOK: ACER AspireOne e150's are running Debian 8
LAPTOP: The Siemens is still running, now Debian 8
LAPTOP: Another old Dell has been scrapped. Was running Debian 6
SERVER: IBM INTELLISTATION Z running Debian 8 with Xfce
TOWER: DELL LATITUDE 6300 running Debian 8
TOWER: HP PAVILLON running Debian 7
TOWER: COMPAQ scrapped, was running Debian 5 (yes I know that is really old hardware)
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    Do not think we have any hw newer than 5-7 years old excepting the Insignia Infocast. Still use linux on our pI robot stuff.
    Posted 04-13-2012 at 07:18 PM by peonuser peonuser is offline


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