Linux has lengthy been thought-about a substitute for Windows, and whereas opinions are nonetheless divided as to what working system is the only option transferring ahead, there’s one chapter that Linux clearly wins.

And it’s the assist for outdated {hardware}.

With newer Windows variations requiring {hardware} upgrades to benefit from the full function bundle, outdated laptops are theoretically kind of deserted, particularly if they’re too sluggish to be upgraded to a more recent launch.

But this doesn’t essentially imply they’re useless, as putting in Linux can at all times breathe new life in these units, even when lower than 1GB of RAM is accessible.

Living proof is that this experiment made by somebody on reddit who put in Lubuntu on a laptop computer that initially shipped with Windows XP and which is clearly deserted proper now. Windows XP now not will get assist since April 2014, and with nearly all of apps already giving up on this OS model, selections are very restricted when it comes to software program and drivers.

Hello, Linux!

But switching to Linux brings the outdated Compaq Presario CQ40 again to life, regardless of nonetheless struggling once in a while.

For instance, the redditor explains the system does run Linux easily, however alternatively, when watching YouTube, the one option to expertise easy efficiency with none hiccups is to make use of only one tab at a time.

While for a lot of that is horrible efficiency, let’s bear in mind this can be a laptop computer with simply 1GB RAM and a super-outdated processor, which on the planet of Windows is already historical {hardware} that shouldn’t by any means be used right now.

Sticking with Windows XP isn’t a good suggestion both, not solely because of the lack of assist, but additionally from a safety perspective, as unpatched vulnerabilities might enable hackers to interrupt into units and acquire full management of a compromised host.