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My son is amazed that an eight year laptop can run so smoothly as he completes his school work. He definitely likes Manjaro and the KDE environment. I think it is important he experiences free open source software and what tasks can be completed on a Linux machine.

@minimlr
Lol he should know that Linux can run on a toaster.

@rudolf @minimlr
I wouldn't be surprised if Linux can run on a pregnancy tester. I mean it is possible to run doom So Y not? :ac_laughter:

@XxAlexXx
You are right, there is a Linux IDE, but it doesn't run linux.

But then take this one. It runs linux. And penetration testing a dildo with a camera ... :)

pentestpartners.com/security-b

@person It just has the right balance of polish and performance.

@person @minimlr yeah i would’ve expected at least a de like xfce. that’s pretty impressive.

@minimlr Endless possibilities with it. Compare to proprietary corporate monopolized garbage that they feed to other people😠

@minimlr that’s so cool! My dad introduced me to Linux just like that, gave me a CD-R with Knoppix on it and showed me how to live boot from it. Had just used windows up to that point, it was such an eye opener!

@minimlr
What did he believe folks used 8 years ago? Pencils?

I did my school stuff on 8-bit, 4 Mhz, 64 KB :)

(Between KB and GB there is MB)

@rudolf With the size of the laptop compared to laptops today, it is a beast. He didn’t think computers could be so old and fast.

I bought a 13 years old laptop from a relative for 20$ and installed Debian on it. Slow memory, CPU and HDD struggle even under Mate. But it is usable for web surfing up to 3 tabs.
@minimlr

@minimlr My 10 year old laptop is running the latest Fedora 33 just fine. Since I replaces its mechanical hard drive with an SSD, practically the biggest difference I notice using it compared to my much nicer newer laptop is the quality of the screen.

@be I put a SSD in my laptop too. I want to buy a new laptop but I might wait until the AMD Ryzen 5000 series laptops come out before I make the decision.

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