Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 19th Oct 2010 23:23 UTC
Windows In previous OS News articles, I described how mature computers up to ten years oldĀ can be refurbished and made useful. One article identified and evaluated different approaches to refurbishing. This article tells how to performance tune a mature Windows computer to make it serviceable again. I hope it will interest anyone who wants to tune Windows.
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Think of all the time wasted learning a new desktop and new applications.

Firefox and OpenOffice behave almost exactly the same on Windows as they do on Linux. Menus behave the same way, as does copy and paste, as does the volume control, hyperlinks, tabs, scrollbars, manipulating (opening, closing, minimising, dragging, resizing) Windows, managing files ... many tasks are performed in near-identical fashion. Different applications like Okular instead of Adobe reader, Amarok instead of WMP, or Kopete instead of Windows messenger, or Kwrite instead of Notepad, or digikam instead of Picasa, or Krita instead of Paint.NET, or K3b instead of Nero, are similar enough and familiar enough in context that they aren't at all difficult.

Compared with the intimidating complexity and dire words of warning about what not to do, as described in the article that is the OP of this discussion, picking up the use of a Linux distribution desktop (especially a KDE desktop) is a piece of cake.

I know this for a fact because I have seen dozens of people do it.

Edited 2010-10-20 05:09 UTC

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