This is part 4 in a series of articles designed to help you choose the right Linux distribution for your circumstances.
Here are the links to the first three parts:
Which desktop environment should you use?
5 easiest to use Linux distributions for modern machines
5 easiest to use Linux distributions for older machines
Some of you will have computers that are really old and none of the solutions presented thus far are of much use.
This guide lists those distributions designed to run with limited RAM, limited disk space and limited graphics capabilities.
Ease of use is sometimes comprimised when using the really light distributions but once you get used to them they are every bit as functional as a Ubuntu or Linux Mint.
Open source software: The question of security
The logic is understandable - how can a software with source code that can easily be viewed, accessed and changed have even a modicum of security?
Open source software is safer than many believe.
But with organizations around the globe deploying open source solutions in even some of the most mission-critical and security-sensitive environments, there is clearly something unaccounted for by that logic. According to a November 28 2013 Financial News article, some of the world's largest banks and exchanges, including Deutsche Bank and the New York Stock Exchange, have been active in open source projects and are operating their infrastructure on Linux, Apache and similar systems.
Beer and open source with Untappd
Greg Avola loves beer and coding. He loves beer so much that he made an app, Untappd, where users track their favorite brews. He loves coding so much that he wrote a book about mobile web development. According to him, if it weren't for open source software, his app—and the projects of many other developers—simply wouldn't exist.
Read more in my interview with Greg about his open source journey, his favorite beer, and why check-in apps are still relevant.