We’ve all got doorstops hanging around our home or office. Its those PCs whose usefulness ended years ago. Not wanting to end up on the next episode of Hoarders, we convince ourselves to recycle them, give them away to charity or somehow dispose of them but we cannot seem to bring ourselves to part with our once treasured hardware.
Relax! Breathe new life into your old PC with Linux. In the old days, you needed a delusional friend who had taped up eyeglasses and smelled like b.o. to “hook you up” with a linux “distro“. Not anymore! Today you can download an ISO and install it within minutes. No UNIX command lines required!
You’re going to be shocked – yes, ABSOLUTELY shocked at how smoking fast Ubuntu will run on your old crappy PC. With as little as 1G RAM, Ubuntu performs quite nicely. Throw a small SSD drive (next to nothing nowadays) and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice little workstation that is practically virus-free.
Naturally, this is a Linux operating system and its applications are limited. But, with LibreOffice you can open, edit and save any Microsoft Office document. For surfing the web, checking email, social media and some light office tasks Ubuntu is an excellent solution – especially since its free. If you’re using it in a small business environment, you can even get 24/7 support.
If you’d like to become more familiar with Linux, Ubuntu is a great place to start and the easiest way to do that is to check it out in a virtual environment. I plan on addressing this further in an upcoming post but installing Ubuntu as a VM (virtual machine) is an awesome way to test the Linux waters without making a dive into the deep end of the pool.