Let me start off by saying that the use of an old Crappy computer is not a reflection of the Linux operating system which is solid and a quality open source operating system. The choice to use an old computer versus using my current computer as a dual boot system was an easy choice to make, my unfamiliarity with Linux and my tendency to experiment would have possibly killed my Windows OS which was not really an option.
The only logical solution would be to purchase an old, inexpensive computer with a working DVD-ROM installed. I purchased a Lenovo Think Pad x200with the 2 gigs of ram and 300 gigs of storage. It came with a good battery and charger. The machine was very clean and booted up very quickly, I believe it had Windows Vista on it.
Downloading Linux OS
The next step was to download the Linux setup files and following the detailed instructions started to burn the DVD image file. (Not sure why they call it an image file) Get Files from Site
Once the DVD was ready I could either run the system from the DVD or install it. Was not in the mood to play around and opted to install onto the old computer. Pretty easy, open cd player, slide DVD in, close door and restart. Fifteen seconds later I was asked if I would like to install the Linux system and if so is okay to format (erase) the hard drive? Yes…
Now I was getting a bit excited in anticipation of something new to learn. Success, the system installed, WiFi was all set up and the machine came to life even faster now. Everything worked and without a single issue.
Looks great and was really surprised to see all the goodies that are packed with Linux OS. Office for Documents, spreadsheets, plus graphic editing software. Linux has been installed for about four months and I’m always finding new things to play with and learn. Also, you can download new free products and features. Personally, I tend to keep things simple and refrain from the temptation of cluttering up my computer.
The original idea was to craft a dedicated system only to create and craft some stories and possibly start a book. By the way, the total cost of all of this was about thirty dollars and that was for the computer which I found on Craigslist. The software is free, open source ( they take donations to help support all the great development).
Linux OS Just Works
My experience with this little experiment has really been fantastic. So much so that now I enjoy using my old Crappy computer almost as much as my more modern sibling. Linux is a great option for people that want something a bit different from the normal. Windows is a great OS and will stay loyal but there’s something special about the robust feature packed Linux System.
Note One, most hosting providers, large and small use Linux for their servers, fast and very efficient.
Note Two, not mentioning the Apple OS was done on purpose and I do not support the company’s way of thinking. Not much for big companies dictating what I can see and do, what app I can use, and I have not yet to date seen a phone or computer that had any individual personality The new Apple slogan….Sheep Love Apple
Android, Windows, and Linux support growth, expansion, and creativity. Everyone makes individual choices on how things, look, act, and function. If an app is poor, it rating reflects that and it dies.
Comments and Notes on Linux
There are so many good flavors of Linux, I usually tell people that ask to just try a whole bunch till you find the one you really like. The loading methods that KnumKnutz recommends make it easy to try them out. Ubuntu was the first really mainstream Linux that garnered a lot of interest. Dell even offered towers with Ubuntu as an optional OS for a while. They may still, I don’t know. I tried several and find Mint to be easy to configure, customize and control. Ubuntu is a close second. Can’t beat Ubuntu Server edition for home servers. Tried Manjaro on a recommendation, but thought it wasn’t as easy to configure. Ubuntu and Mint have a large following now, so there are a lot of options and software for both that is easy to acquire. More and more games are being written that work in the Linux environment, which makes them very stable. Many tell me that CentOS is the way to go. It all comes down to what you like and what you want to do. Install Oracle Virtual Box on your Windows platform and try different Linux distros until you settle on one. I know a fellow that uses Kali light (without the hacker tools) for his home PC because it is so stable and secure.