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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
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.