Mad Geek Skillz

Wow, I’m all proud of my little self. For the first time I partitioned a hard drive on an existing Linux installation (using G-Parted) instead of a fresh install of a distro. To someone who has never dared to do anything geekier than update their anti-virus software, it’s ho-hum, so what.

But to a Sidekick who is learning good stewardship of the Hero’s provision by making an old run-down computer run at totally wicked awesome warp speed, this is very cool. I didn’t even know I needed to, until an update to Xubuntu 12.04 (still Beta) couldn’t complete because no more disk space was available. The old partitions were set up for the now 2-year-old Xubuntu 10.04. 20 GB was all it needed on the hard drive. Now 20 GB is too little – even Linux distros that are meant for older more modest hardware are outgrowing the old machines. It’s not the Linux developers’ fault, it’s the newest versions of favorite software. The new Firefox is fast and full featured, but just takes more to run it now than when my old computer was new and top-of-the-line. Perhaps this new Xubuntu will be the last OS this old dog can run. If so, I’ll run it on Xubu beyond 12.04’s end-of-life. So what? Old software for old hardware. Upgrading is not mandatory.

Perhaps when Xubuntu becomes too much for this old box, I’ll give Lubuntu a shot! It’s even lighter and faster than my favorite OS (Xubuntu), and maybe it will still support this old machine even beyond Xubu 12.04!

Far be it from a relative newcomer to Linux to go testing a Beta OS, but believe it or not, all I have to do is use it and just report what I see, what it does, when it breaks. They fix it! They especially like it when newbies test it.

People who you would think have no business playing with Linux – they make great Beta testers for the Xubu developers because the distro is aimed at newcomers! So if this Sidekick can do it, maybe you can too!

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