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Ubuntu Saves Compaq Presario 2100 From Death and Windows

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Ubuntu Linux saved a Compaq Presario 2100 from certain death last weekend. Here’s the horror story and the happy outcome. For all of you with aging, slow-running Windows systems, I hope this quick blog post inspires you to breathe new life into the system by installing Ubuntu.

My brother in law (Ronnie) was ready to throw out his aging Compaq Presario 2100 laptop. The system was overwhelmed by viruses, worms and other Windows-related problems. Security packages from all the major software suppliers (Symantec, McAfee, etc.) failed to clean up the system. Plus, the security software only made the Presario run more slowly.

Frustrated, Ronnie purchased a Dell laptop to replace the Presario — and he was ready to throw the Presario away. That’s when I stepped in, asked to borrow the system, and loaded Ubuntu 8.04.

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