Posted By Ed B

I have an older laptop, about 6 years old, running XP Pro.

I run Microsoft Security Essentials on it for virus protection,
(AVG has just gotten too bloated and slow).
I use it mostly to blog and surf, but there are days that I fear for it's safety.
It slows down so much that I'm ready to throw it across the room.
I've tried Firefox, Chrome, PaleMoon, and a number of other browsers,
but it's the underlying operating system.

So last weekend I broke down and set up a partition for Ubuntu, a flavor of Linux.
Do I like it?

If I didn't use this laptop for programming equipment sometimes,
using software that would only run under Windoze,
I'd reformat the whole thing and run only Ubuntu on it.

It is fast.

It picked up all my hardware.

It has so much software that comes with the install, it surprised me.

No goofy command line like earlier versions of Linux that I tried, but didn't have the time to learn.

It even came with a remote viewing package (a VNC app) that is better than the one I downloaded before I realized it had one.

It didn't work so great at first, I'll admit, but that was because I didn't set it up with an internet connection during the install.
The second time, I did, and it downloaded all the updates it needed.
That made all the difference in the world.

I posted this using Firefox in Ubuntu.

What a pleasure.

8 Comment(s):
Ed said...
Rita, my IT buddy suggested Microsoft Security Essentials from Microsoft and I find it a lot faster than AVG. It's easy to download. If you went to you can click the download button (version 11.10 32 bit) and download a .iso file that you can burn to a cd and boot up on. This will allow you to either install or try it. Try it. E-mail me if you have any questions.
March 11, 2012 08:15:02
Rita said...
Never used Linux, but I am using AVG. It used to be great, but I am slowing down loading videos and it's driving me crazy. I don't mind switching (not to Linux, that's beyond my geekiness), but to some other virus protection, but not sure which is the latest and greatest.
March 11, 2012 04:09:12
Ed said...
Mark, I've got a laptop like that in my garage also, running Win98. I mostly use it as an mp3 client for the desktop "server" in the house, but also for car stuff. I'm gonna try a linux distro on it, even though it runs fast enough. Thanks for the idea.
March 11, 2012 03:49:54
Mark said...
I have an ancient laptop in the garage (great for looking up instructions when working on the car). It's a 10 year old machine. I loaded "browser linux" on it and everything came up as I had hoped. Video, sound, wireless all worked. This is a version of the microscopic puppy linux and runs completely in RAM. Ubuntu would be to bloated in this case. It doesn't do much though -- basically runs a browser and and document viewers. The story of Ubuntu is fascinating -- wiki doesn't do it justice.
March 11, 2012 12:19:43
Ed said...
NFO's a geek! Who'd a thunk!
March 10, 2012 06:26:00
Old NFO said...
I wish I could convert, but the 'company' machine is a Windoze mandated one, but I do like my Mac notebook!
March 10, 2012 04:13:59
Z said...
"it's GEEK to ME"! Man, I wish I understood anything you said :-) I do have Firefox, however !! (thanks to my computer pro)
March 9, 2012 06:24:02
joe said...
this might as well be an adult from Peanuts speaking -- waa waaa wha wha waa. I don't understand geek.
March 9, 2012 03:25:18
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