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Author: Steve Litt
To: plug-discuss
Subject: Re: Cheap new Linux laptop advice?
On Sat, 16 Jun 2018 03:29:42 -0700
trent shipley <> wrote:

> 4. Sometimes it can be reasonable, and even cost effective, to buy
> cheap hardware and treat it as disposable.

That works if he/she's using fairly lightweight apps, and if he/she is
diligent about backup, because I'm pretty sure a $200 will break before
its scheduled replacement time.

About lightweight apps: Using Openbox with Suckless Tools' dmenu to run
applications, and something like xxxterm/xombrero, qupzilla, or surf
instead of Chromium or Firefox goes a long way to making a 2006 laptop
with 2GB RAM work well. I know, one of my laptops is a 2006 2GB box,
and it's pretty snappy.

To add to what Trent says, one advantage of really old hardware is it's
guaranteed not to have that evil UEFI/secureboot, and its hardware
quirks will have long ago been solved by Linux driver programmers.

Just back up early and often.


Steve Litt
June 2018 featured book: Twenty Eight Tales of Troubleshooting

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