Word processing, Internet surfing, watching movies – either from DVDs or from your friends at the Pirate Bay – shouldn’t make your old system think twice, granted it is configured correctly, up-to-date and has a operating system that’s efficient, performance oriented, and free as in free beer and free speech.FLOSS is an abbreviation for free/libre/open-source software.On a personal note, I get better frame rates (14-17 more frames per second) while running Need For Speed Carbon on an Ubuntu 7.04 machine from 2001 than on the same machine running Windows XP SP3.This while running a piece of emulation software in the background which translates Win32 libraries necessary for Direct X acceleration, which Ubuntu It's here. Thanks to FLOSS we can put that old computer to good use – with no financial investment on your part. There are a few options available; depending on your configuration, computer skills and time you are willing to spend on the project.Ubuntu is efficient Linux distributions come from decades long experience in server rooms, and if there’s something that system administrators appreciate in an OS (operating system), it’s efficiency: sleek, lean code that gets the job done without wasting CPU (central processing unit) cycles.Even five seconds more from the bootloader (a small application that initializes the OS at boot) to the window manager is something that sys admins are not ready to put up with.See the section titled “Educational Packages”Ubuntu is a Linux distribution supported officially by Canonical.
Follow the instructions provided, but skip the SAMBA installation.Examples of these kinds of projects include Mozilla Firefox, Chromium, the majority of Linux distributions (such as Ubuntu), VLC (a media player) and so on.There are literally thousands of applications that cost nothing and cover 90% of an average user’s needs in regards to computing in a modern software environment.Programmers and application developers have been equally quick to develop new software that puts to use the new hardware specifications.However, while striving to sell more and more products, marketing departments want us to believe that PCs, laptops and netbooks become obsolete after a couple of years, and not replacing them makes us luddites. Except for high-end gaming, a mid-level system bought in 2006 will provide enough functionality to get work done and have fun in 2011.