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November 11th, 2010
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Looking for a used notebook
I just posted this to a mailing list, but I may as well try giving it more exposure:

I have a need for a standard size notebook computer, and I'm rather short on money right now.  I also have an aversion to current versions of Windows.  If anyone happens to have a working machine from a a year or two ago for not too much money talk to me.  (If I could get it at Windycon that would be awesome; I realize I should have been more timely with this message.)  While I wouldn't mind general advice on what sort of machine to buy and what I should pay, I'm really hoping that this will catch someone who's recently upgraded and has a not-so-shiny but still useful machine gathering dust.

I'd prefer XP, but I'd also be interested in some flavor of Linux if it were already configured to handle web browsing, light word processing, and viewing photos.  I'm not morally opposed to a Mac, but I can't afford one.

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From:gundo
Date:November 11th, 2010 02:27 pm (UTC)
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One reason I would recommend a Linux flavor is that she'll be less vulnerable to viruses she may pick up. I installed Xubuntu for my mother on an old laptop, and she used the machine for 3 more years.

Firefox, Open Office, and multiple photo viewers are available, all programs people already use on Windows. You also have the advantage that the machine will be more efficient under a current Linux installation than a current XP installation.
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From:poltr1
Date:November 12th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
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What gundo said. I recommend Ubuntu, myself. The Gnome interface is very similar to Windows.

Is there a computer shop near you that has used or refurbished models? They sometimes have machines that just came off a 3-year business lease.
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