Like The-Toolman, I decided to give Linux a whirl at EOL for XP. I'd given MyCrudSoft well over 20 years (used everything from Windows 3.1 onwards), and figured I wasn't shelling out any more of my hard-earnt.
I Googled 'Free operating systems'.....and was absolutely astounded at what came up. I chose Ubuntu as my first, since everybody recommended it. 'Trusty Tahr' (14.04 LTS) had just been released, so I went with that.
Did my fair share of distro hopping (mostly 'buntu-based, since they just seemed to work better).....then; disaster struck.Over a period of 2-3 months, every distro I was running started freezing-up at random. I later found out Canonical had only decided to drop support for my graphics chip, since they tend to 'customize' their kernels, and re-compile according to what they feel should be included. And since they were trying to imitate Windows (newest all the time).....
So I looked round again for summat more lightweight, and, having been given a recommendation for the then recently-released Puppy Tahrpup 6.0, decided to give it a tryout. A-maz-ing. Ran like greased lightning, and as smooth as so much oiled silk. The graphics problems cleared up as though a switch had been thrown.....and, wonder of wonders, it even worked perfectly with the 'awkward' Intel 'Extreme' graphics chip in the old Dell lappie. Pup uses the bog-standard releases, of course, straight from kernel.org, the 'home' of the Linux kernel.
That was it; I was hooked.....and I've not looked back since. I still get very occasional graphical 'freezes', but I have a feeling the caps are drying out on the old MSI motherboard in the big Compaq (despite being Rubycons and Nichicons all the way through, and looking perfectly OK.) They are nearly 13 yrs old, after all, so I'll probably be looking at a 'new' build, sometime in the next year or two.
But I'm well chuffed wi' Pup .....and recommend her everywhere I can. The ease of 'backing-up' is, of course, one of the best bits.....a simple copy'n'paste job.
Edited by Mike_Walsh, 11 December 2017 - 01:34 PM.
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