Why you shouldn’t throw out your old computers

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If you have an older laptop or PC, there is no need to dispose of it.

While it may be slow or cannot be upgraded to the latest version of Windows, it will run Linux efficiently.

Linux supports a wide range of hardware, including older systems, making it an excellent choice for users who want to revive their old computers.

Linux is a popular and reliable operating system that has been in use for several decades. Whilst I run Windows at work, my primary use of a computer at home is browsing the Internet; my Linux workstation does this perfectly.

There are many variants of Linux; however, the one I recommend is Ubuntu. It has a user-friendly interface and a vast repository of software that users can install and use. It also comes with several pre-installed applications, including a web browser, office suite, and media player, making it an excellent choice for users who want an out-of-the-box experience.

When running Ubuntu, there is no requirement for licences. It is an open-source platform, meaning its source code is freely available, and anyone can modify or distribute it.

There is a vast range of software that is also open source and can be installed. It includes a range of Office suites, my favourite being LibreOffice.

LibreOffice is compatible with Microsoft Office and offers similar features, making it easy to work with colleagues who use Microsoft Office without worrying about compatibility issues. Other packages include GIMP, which is used for graphics and photo editing and is compatible with Photoshop, VLC, a media player, and Audacity, an audio file editor. There are thousands of open-source programs available, including games.

Linux’s most significant disadvantage is an initial learning curve as it differs from Mac and Windows.

The user interface and file management system are different, and you may need to learn how to use Ubuntu efficiently.

Additionally, many commercial programs and software do not have Linux versions of their packages.

While there are Windows emulators which can run on Linux, you are better off sticking with Windows if these programs are essential.

Linux is an excellent alternative to breathe extra life into your old computers.

Ubuntu is one of the better variants of Linux for home use, primarily because of its user-friendly interface, vast software repository, and robust community support.

Home users can enjoy a secure, stable, and customisable operating system without spending a fortune by choosing Linux and Ubuntu.

Don’t throw away that old computer just yet!

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