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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
This may be of interest to people who are upgrading from an old laptop etc and think that because it struggles with windows it's destined to lay dusty in the loft.
My dad gave me his old Toshiba A80. A fairly humble machine by todays standards and was struggling to run XP with the additional virus checkers and the myriad of background tasks and system tray applications which seem necessary to do the simplest of tasks these days in M$ operating systems.
After thinking what I could do with it I decided nothing to loose by attempting a completely new OS install. A fresh XP would probably have breathed a little more life into it, but hey I've installed MS OS's more times than I can possibly count over the years, so after looking around at the bewlidering array of Linux distibutions (distros) I decided PCLinuxOS seemed the most friendly and 'human'.