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Linux Mint XFCE saves ageing laptop

Acer Aspire 5315 ZNWXMi Laptop Specs and ReviewOur first venture into laptop purchasing took place about six years ago when we bought an Acer Aspire 5315, ¬†closely followed by an Acer Aspire 5920 — or perhaps the other way around. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 10, 2014 in Hardware, VirtualBox


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Virtually working

I have a word of advice for anyone bringing out a new version of a Linux distro — or any other operating system (OS) for that matter. Make sure it works in VirtualBox!¬†Why? Because VirtualBox and similar programs are increasingly becoming the major testing grounds for any new software, particularly software that could destroy or seriously damage a system. I’ve been through enough failed installations and dual-boot nightmares to know that you don’t install a new OS unless it offers some fairly spectacular advantages over the one you currently have. Admittedly, when you already have Linux Mint that’s pretty hard to do, but I am happy to give other systems the benefit of the doubt, and as each new version of Ubuntu or Fedora or OpenSUSE comes out online, or appears in the letterbox with the latest copy of Linux Format, I fire up VirtualBox and give it a run. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Fedora, Mint OS, Ubuntu, VirtualBox