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My Dell Insperon 1525 laptop died
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My Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop died with a wimper. It was 6.5 years old and I had upgraded it to Windows 7 32 bit. So, I pulled the battery and SSD and booted it (with a real boot.)

Now, what to replace it with. I will not go to Windows 10. I also dislike Windows 8 and 8.1. I dislike the MSoft "surface" as they use a Run Time version of windows.

Other choices:
A MAC laptop? I've never had one.
An Android Tablet or Apple iPad?
Or?
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An Abacus? Laugh-a-lot
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Depends upon what you need it for... If you just need to be able to do basic email & web surfing, a larger Android Tablet will probably be the most cost-effective and portable, as long as you have access to WiFi.

Or get an inexpensive laptop with some flavor of Linux on it. I use Ubuntu Linux pretty much exclusively these days.
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(08-18-2015, 01:51 PM)PollCat Wrote: An Abacus? Laugh-a-lot
I actually know how to use an Abacus.

(08-18-2015, 01:57 PM)SuperSleeper Wrote: Or get an inexpensive laptop with some flavor of Linux on it. I use Ubuntu Linux pretty much exclusively these days.
I think it's time for Linux. Heck, I used Bezerkley UNIX back in the day.
Any specific recommendations?
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I would think most laptops would be easy to reformat and setup with a fresh Windows 7 operating system. You probably even own a copy. I see a lot of laptops that have decent specs being sold on Craigslist used on the cheap. They are mixed in with a lot of old crap, but newer models are available with Win 7. Why not get a refurb from a reputable online seller and install win 7?
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Linux Mint seems to be the most popular. Ubuntu is okay but I only use it to stream Netflix and Amazon.


Using FlashAir W-03 SD card in machine. Access through wifi with FlashPAP or Sleep Master utilities.

I wanted to learn Binary so I enrolled in Binary 101. I seemed to have missed the first four courses. Big Grinnie

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(08-18-2015, 03:06 PM)Sleeprider Wrote: I would think most laptops would be easy to reformat and setup with a fresh Windows 7 operating system. You probably even own a copy. I see a lot of laptops that have decent specs being sold on Craigslist used on the cheap. They are mixed in with a lot of old crap, but newer models are available with Win 7. Why not get a refurb from a reputable online seller and install win 7?

A thought. As for copies of W7 I own, they are OEM editions that activate on only one machine. My understanding is that they cannot be activated on different hardware. Then it takes me a couple of days to make W7 look and behave like my favorite XP. Worth investigating.

Regards,

Mongo
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You can buy Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium off Amazon for as little as $60. That gives you the bootable CD-ROM and a license. I have several copies of Win 7 Pro that I will probably keep using, and it is transferable for me.
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These days, unless you have a specific Windows-only application you absolutely must have, Linux really offers a healthy, stable, free alternative.

A lot of folks recommend the Mint distribution, and I agree it's a very good Linux distro. I just continue to use Ubuntu because it's what my wife and I have used for several years now, and we're used to it. I only use the LTS versions [Long Term Support] so I can continue getting updates until the next LTS version is out or up to 5 years if I don't upgrade. But I had to do some geek-tweaking to make it look and act similar to Windows - Ubuntu’s default Unity Desktop killed it's #1 distribution slot, IMHO.

If I were new to Linux coming from a Windows background, I'd go with Mint. When it comes time to wipe my hard drives again (next year sometime), I'll probably make the switch to Mint.

Go here to distrowatch and you can read about the top 10 Linux distributions, of which Mint is now #1.





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(08-18-2015, 03:21 PM)AlanE Wrote: Linux Mint seems to be the most popular. Ubuntu is okay but I only use it to stream Netflix and Amazon.

Alan, does Mint have trouble streaming stuff?
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