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[News] A Look at Minimal GNU/Linux Distributions And Telegraph Advice on Saving PCs with Linux

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4 Truly Minimal Linux Desktop Distributions

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| I’ve been researching concepts of minimalism as it applies to computing and 
| personal productivity, and I’m convinced that in many cases, a minimal setup 
| can really help you get more done. Trimming the unnecessary applications and 
| eye-candy from your computing setup can help your focus and find the most 
| efficient workflow. I offer four truly minimal Linux distributions here…and 
| to me minimal doesn’t necessarily imply small, and small does not mean 
| minimal. Take PuppyLinux, for instance. Small, yes. Minimal? Hardly. Don’t 
| get me wrong, this isn’t a bad thing (I’m a Puppy fan); it’s just not really 
| minimal. So, not all of these distros are super tiny, but they do all embrace 
| minimalistic principles: simple but pleasing design,  just the applications 
| you need, and an emphasis on performance.          
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http://productivelinux.com/2009/04/21/4-truly-minimal-linux-desktop-distributions/

BOOT CAMP 573 - More Uses For Old PCs and Laptops, part 3

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| This is a great way to get to know Linux and it really is very easy to do. 
| All you have to do is download the Linux ‘iso' Image file and use it to 
| create a bootable CD, pop that into the drive and follow the prompts. As an 
| added bonus Linux usually runs a lot faster than Windows on the same 
| hardware, plus it is virtually bullet-proof, almost immune to viruses and 
| malware. It's generally more stable than Windows and these days really quite 
| civilised; connecting to networks and the Internet, for example, is usually a 
| lot easier.       
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| Versions or ‘distributions' of Linux, such as Mandriva and Ubuntu look and 
| work a lot like Windows so the learning curve is quite gentle, Linux versions 
| of many popular applications are available or there is a free ‘Open Source' 
| alternative, so who knows, you might even end up liking it so much that you  
| abandon Windows altogether.   
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http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/rick_maybury/blog/2009/04/22/boot_camp_573__more_uses_for_old_pcs_and_laptops_part_3


Related:

Bootcamp 531 - Tweaking the Eee PC

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| The advantages of Linux are apparent when you switch it on, there's no delay
| waiting for the hard drive to spin up and it is usually ready to use in
| around 30 - 40 seconds. Linux stability is legendary; it is very secure and
| virtually immune to viruses and malware (though it comes with a virus
| scanner, just in case...). Easy Mode, whilst not particularly appealing for
| grown-ups, is very easy to use and the Wi-Fi system is an absolute delight,
| almost always managing a fast, fuss-free connection whenever you are in range
| of a hotspot or access point.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2008/07/01/ecrboot101.xml


Bootcamp 500: Ten uses for an old PC, part 2

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| For reasons best known to the Linux community downloads are rarely
| straightforward, you have to negotiate a maze of files with similar sounding
| names to find the one you want, and Puppy Linux is no exception, so please
| pay attention.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2007/11/13/ecrboot13.xml


Bootcamp 499: Put a puppy in your PC Part 1

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| So what is this miraculous product? It's called Linux, and before you make
| your excuses and leave this is not geeky Linux, it's a small, cuddly, and
| incredibly easy to use version called Puppy Linux. It runs directly from
| a 'Live CD' so even if Windows is completely mangled you can still get your
| PC up and running and access data on the hard drive.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2007/11/12/ecrboot12.xml


Bootcamp 497: Ten uses for an old PC, part 2

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| If you can't bear to dismantle your old PC, and it is still in good working
| order but no longer able to keep up with recent Windows applications you can
| continue to use it, have some fun and learn a few new tricks, by reformatting
| the drive and installing Linux.  
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| Linux is a free 'Open Source' operating system that has been popular with
| enthusiasts for years, but until fairly recently it required a degree of
| knowledge in order to use it. Within the last five years, though, newer
| versions or 'distributions' of Linux have come along that look, work and are
| as easy to use as Windows. With a Linux PC you can surf the web send and
| receive emails, play games, print documents and do pretty well all of the
| things you do with Windows. Most distributions come bundled with a good
| assortment of programs and a fully featured office suite that includes a
| powerful Word-compatible word processor, Excel compatible spreadsheet,
| presentation and database software.        
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| As an added bonus Linux flies along, even on ancient Windows 98 PCs. It is
| virtually immune to viruses and its stability and reliability are legendary.
| There are hundreds of distributions to chose from, the best known and most
| Windows-like being Linspire, Mandriva, Ubuntu and Fedora, there are almost
| too many in fact, but you will find an easy to follow guide to installing
| Linux in Boot Camp 446, and look out for a new Boot Camp series on the
| simplest route to Linux yet, starting in a couple of weeks.      
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2007/10/23/ecrboot22.xml


Let your computer fly free [with Linux]

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| he first port of call was finding an operating system that could replace
| Windows. Linux, the free, open-source platform, was the obvious choice. There
| are dozens of Linux-based systems to choose from, but one of the simplest to
| use is Ubuntu. You simply download and install it to your computer and hey
| presto - an operating system. In terms of look and feel, it's a little like a
| cross between Windows and the operating system used for Macs, but it has an
| intuitive interface and comes bundled with essentials such as a word
| processor, spreadsheet application and presentation software, and is fully
| compatible with Microsoft document formats for viewing and editing.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=%2Fconnected%2F2007%2F07%2F07%2Fdlfree07.xml


Bootcamp 471: Office Software, the Freeware Alternative part 2

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| If you are in the market for a word processor or a suite of office
| programs then the obvious choice is Microsoft Word, or Office but
| there are alternatives. OpenOffice.org ('OO.o' to its many friends)
| is a free Open Source office suite that includes a spreadsheet,
| multimedia presentation and database software and an excellent
| word processor, called Writer, which is the focus of this week's
| Boot Camp. But first, as promised, we'll run through downloading
| and installation.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xml=/connected/2007/04/10/ecrboot10.xml


The wow starts now? Two hours, two computers and £150 later...

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| "You need a new laptop," said Thariq. "Vista is what we call
| resource intensive."
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| My friend in New York had some bad news as well. He'd bought the
| same Vista pack for $160. I'd paid almost double. Other
| exclamations than wow came to mind.
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| Some believe Vista will be the last great operating system because
| in future people will download functions from the internet. In the
| meantime, though, it is bound to succeed. But there's no need to
| junk a perfectly good computer just to have it. For most, the wow
| can wait for now.
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http://www.telegraph.co.uk/portal/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=&xml=/portal/2007/02/13/ftvista13.xml
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