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In the last 48 hours, I have been through a quiet revolution. Installing an open source operating system on my laptop has opened my eyes to quite a different way of working on my computer. Since deciding that I needed to bring my ‘mobile computing’ up to date so that I can blog, tweet, email and navigate my way through the world, I have been through a process of balancing my desires with my budget. Thankfully, my head ruled and the credit crunch brought me back to earth by sifting between what I want with what I need.

My laptop, as previously mentioned is a fairly bog-standard, two year old machine which used to run Windows Vista with Microsoft Office 2007, plus a load of other applications until I deleted the lot and installed PCLinuxOS. My laptop needs a new battery (£35) and I bought a new power adaptor for it off eBay (£7-50) after my children broke it when carrying the laptop around with the power lead still in the socket. So, having spent £7-50 on the power lead and £6-49 on the magazine which contained PCLinuxOS, I now have hit this month’s budget for IT spending and will have to rely on power from the mains until I get that battery. I’m not planning now to splash out on shiny new netbooks, tablets of smart phones while I can make use of good laptop which now runs at lightning speed.

So, what about using Linux (the basis of PCLinuxOS)?

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