After years of removing viruses and pop ups and ad-ware from my kid's computers, I finally tried an experiment, which led to another experiment. Like most of us, I have old computers in storage. In my case, I have 3 or 4 just stacked up. Not even real old, mind you, but in the 700 Mhz - 1Ghz range...decent little boxes. So after reading about Ubuntu
for months on LifeHacker
, one of my favorite blogs, I decided to give it a shot. The new release was expected out any day, so I hooked up a box and built a boot disk.
All I can say is holly crap! 15 minutes later it was up and running, it found all device drivers necessary to operate including the wireless card. I called over my 13 year old, Melissa, and showed her. She said "cool".
I tinkered with it for a day or so to get comfortable and then decided to start building another super quiet box to use as a DVR with MythTV
. Once I gave up the first box and set it up in the corner of the kitchen, it became public use to Linda and the kids. I didn't train any of them, I wanted to see who, if any, were curious enough to use it. All I told them was their login credentials.
Last night, as I'm cooking, I look over and Melissa is sitting there browsing with Firefox
, IMing her friends with GAIM
and working on homework with OpenOffice
. No assistance from anyone. Linux at 13! Watch out Bill, the moon logo above is for you.
posted by Michael Damphousse
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