I have on old Dell laptop from the early days of XP. After a few years of
use it got all wonky but had come with installation disks. I did a complete
re-install of the OS and was amazed how fast the machine became. It never
goes on the internet but is good for word processing, etc.
On Tue, Mar 13, 2018 at 4:14 PM, Jim Nichols <jhnichols@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Hi Ken,
> I was surprised how quickly my old Pentium IV boots up with Ubuntu. But,
> without my son's knowledge of computer systems, I would never have
> attempted the swap from Win XP to Ubuntu. I haven't done much from the
> command line since DOS. He has the old Dell all polished up and working
> great, with Firefox and Thunderbird at my fingertips.
> Jim Nichols
> Tullahoma, TN USA
> On 3/13/2018 2:42 PM, Ken Norton wrote:
>> To compare: my poor old dell precision 1500MHz celeron is dual boot
>>> WinXP and FreeBSD unix (I retain the XP partition just for doing
>>> database conversions for one particularly shortsighted manufacturer's
>>> pre-2000 offix software product). Starting it under XP needs a 30
>>> minute window added for just it's startup/shutdown process anjd it's a
>>> pig to use. It's up and operational (and is very usable even by today's
>>> multi-processor system standards) in FreeBSD in under a minute.
>> I just repurposed a Toshiba Satellite laptop from Windows 8.1 to Kali
>> Linux. The speed/performance/thrash difference is staggering. As bad
>> as XP is (and it's pretty bad), nothing compares to the utter pig that
>> 8.1 is.
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