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Wanna See My Etch?

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If I was setting up a new, or fairly new, computer with Linux I’d probably go with PCLinuxOS, Kubuntu or Ubuntu (they’re all really nice) and be happy as a lark but my first Linux computer was old and well used.

Oh we had a newer machine but after I put PCLinuxOS on it my wife liked it so much that I decided to let her have it and I found another for myself. Through the luck of the draw, the one I found for myself was a 333 MHz Dell, still, I was awfully impressed with how well Debian Sarge worked on the Dell and it occurred to me that Linux might offer a way to give a second life to computers that would otherwise be considered obsolete. Maybe it’s because I’m getting up there in years and I have grandkids, I don’t know, but I kept thinking about what a boon this could be to senior citizens living on fixed incomes who have kids and grandkids they could exchange email with or to grade school students who could derive enormous benefits from early exposure to a computer, even if all they did with it was play games.

So I went searching for the best Linux distribution for computers in the 300 to 600 MHz range and I’ve been relatively obsessed with the search for roughly fifteen months during which time most popular distros have produced two or three new releases.

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