A little Linux can revive a pokey PC
Now that you've unwrapped and fired up that new Christmas PC (is it your third or fourth?), have I got a project for you: We're going to fix your old PC.
Boy, are we gonna fix it. I can almost guarantee you it will run appreciably faster than your new unit. It won't ever get clogged up with spyware. It will never crash. And it will come with all the software you'll ever need, and if you need more, you can download it for free. A nice one-day project.
We're going to accomplish all this by installing a new operating system, Damn Small Linux. As regular readers know, about once a year I check in on the doings of the Linux open-source, everything-for-free, death-to-Microsoft set. Even among this group of public-spirited über-geeks, DSL Linux is something special.