Linux laptop: give it a second life

Our colleagues from MuyComputer have shared an interesting guide in which they tell us how we can give a second life to a laptop with Linux. This guide is based on old laptop concept and it focuses, mainly, on the problems that this type of equipment can have when trying to move an operating system such as Windows 10.

To give an example at the hardware level that serves as a reference for this guide, we have the teams based on veterans Intel Core 2 Duo, and also in the AMD Athlon X2 equivalents. A Linux laptop based on such a configuration, and accompanied by 1 or 2 gigabytes of RAM, will offer very good performance with the five distros that our peers recommend.

To shape that laptop with Linux, we must follow an “aggressive” installation process that will make us lose all the data that we have installed, although this will not be a problem if we make a backup copy. We have many options, from the cloud to external drives.

The distros that our colleagues recommend to have our laptop with Linux, and give a second life to that old computer that we had at home, are: MX Linux, which is a very light and easy to use distro, Debian MATE, which offers a solid value but is a bit more complicated to install and configure, Puppy Linux, which is very light and comes with very interesting tools, openSUSE Leap with XFCE, which also offers many possibilities, and AntiX, which can work with as little as 256 MB of RAM.

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A Linux laptop that has a modest hardware configuration can serve as a second computer, it can help us carry out certain less demanding tasks. It can also help us learn more about Linux environments without compromising the integrity of our core team.

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