Ubuntu/Open Office/Thunderbird and the old computer

21 07 2006

Ubuntu is the most user-friendly version of Linux that I’ve found so far. It is a free operating system and reasonably easy to install especially if you have an older computer that you can devote completely to the new operating system. You simply download the newest version of Ubuntu code named Dapper Drake from the Ubuntu website.

Their website states:
“The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Philosophy: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customise and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.”

I hope you have a good adventure trying Ubuntu. My experience has been that it loads more easily than Windows and does most of what I want it to do. It includes the wonderful free MS Office replacement suite Open Office. You can use Open Office with Windows, too if you want.
It does everything that MS Office does except for the Outlook piece and that can be replaced with Gmail and the Airset calendar or with Thunderbird which is from the folks who make Firefox. All of this stuff is free for your use so, really, all you need is an old computer and you’re in business. With the landfills being inundated with old computers and especially monitors, it is good to have a use for them. The Ubuntu/Open Office/Thunderbird option is pretty fast even on an old machine.

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