Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Kit Out A PC For Free!

Filed under
Ubuntu

If you've ever taken a trip to your local tip you'll no doubt have seen a number of old computers lying about. In this day and age when we hanker for faster and faster computers, it can be hard to find a new home for that old machine.

So, take a look at the tips below and see if you can kit out a computer for free -- and recycle that old machine:

Free Operating System

Firstly, you'll need an Operating System (OS). Even if your computer has an old version of Windows, you may find that it's not supported anymore (so you won't be able to get help easily if you run into problems) or it doesn't work well with new technology. Additionally, if you have a dodgy pirate version of an OS you may find getting new security updates to be impossible!

New operating systems, however, can be expensive. As mentioned, a new licensed version of Microsoft Windows, for example will cost around £200, making your PC far from free. But luckily, there are free alternatives to Windows.

One of the best we've found is Ubuntu.



huh?

the article wrote:

If you've ever taken a trip to your local tip

Local Tip???? I'm not sure I have one (besides stumbling upon new vernacular, what a totally craptastic article).

re: huh?

Yeah, I didn't know either, but that usually don't mean much. Big Grin I thought it was just something I wasn't hip to yet and others would know what he meant. It might be some regional colloquialism. ...who knows. probably a typo. Big Grin

Given that the author of the

Given that the author of the article referred to 'pounds', I assume that he is probably British.

In Australia (and also Britain), the local (rubbish) tip is common usage for what I believe, people from the U.S. often refer to as the 'dump'.

Out of touch?

How many people carry over their OS from their old to new PC? Furthermore, how many PCs are sold these days without an OS? It seems to me that the author of the article is totally out of touch...

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Why Good Linux Sysadmins Use Markdown

The Markdown markup language is perfect for writing system administrator documentation: it is lightweight, versatile, and easy to learn, so you spend your time writing instead of fighting with formatting. The life of a Linux system administrator is complex and varied, and you know that documenting your work is a big time-saver. A documentation web server shared by you and your colleagues is a wonderful productivity tool. Most of us know simple HTML, and can whack up a web page as easily as writing plain text. But using Markdown is better. Read more

Purism’s next product could be a smartphone that runs Linux/free software

Purism is a company that’s been developing laptops and tablets that run Linux-based, free and open source software for a few years. Now Purism is considering building a smartphone and the company is soliciting feedback from potential customers. The idea would be to release a Librem Phone that runs GNU/Linux rather than Android, and which offers security and privacy features to help set it apart from most other phones on the market. Read more

Cinnamon 3.2 in Linux Mint 18.1 Supports Vertical Panels, Better Accelerometers

After informing the community a few days ago about the Mintbox Mini Pro PC and the upcoming improvements and new features shipping with the XApps software projects in Linux Mint 18.1, Clement Lefebvre just published the monthly Linux Mint newsletter. Read more

Blender 2.78 Open-Source 3D Graphics Software Released with Spherical Stereo VR

Today, September 30, 2016, the Blender Foundation is proud to release Blender 2.78, the latest stable and most advanced version of the popular, open-source, free, and cross-platform Blender 3D modelling software. Blender 2.78 comes six months after the release of Blender 2.77, and it's a major update that adds numerous new features and improvements, among which we can mention rendering of spherical stereo images for VR (Virtual Reality), viewport rendering improvements, as well as brand new freehand curves drawing over surfaces. Moreover, the Grease Pencil received awesome improvements and it now doubles as both an animation and drawing tool, powerful new options have been added for B-Bones, it's now possible to import and export basic operators in the Alembic support, and the Cloth Physics feature received new Simulation Speed option and Dynamic Base Mesh support. Read more