.Dear Computer Lady,
I don’t know if you are familiar with Linux, the operating system.
I was thinking about getting Linux to replace Windows XP, which I know nothing about. They say the first thing you do is to decide which Linux you need. I will be surfing the internet, e-mailing, typing letters, and playing a few games (which I’m not sure if they will work with Linux or not).
Would you know what version of Linux would be best for what I call the average at home user such as myself?
Using Linux is a great way to get more use out of an older computer, and there are a LOT of versions of Linux to choose from.
My favorite is Puppy Linux at:
Another great Linux OS for you would be Zorin at:
And finally, LXLE, which has an XP mode so that it will look more like the XP that you are used to.
I use Puppy at least once a week. When you download it, you use the file to burn a CD that you can boot the computer with, and use it without making changes to your hard drive. I usually use it to access customer files for backup and/or recovery.
No matter what version of Linux you try, you will be able to everything except your Windows games.
PCWorld has a great article about using Linux to replace XP at: http://tinyurl.com/kfhcbuj
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