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At a certain point. Microsoft deserves xxx for their program for recycling.
But at a certain point,
- No paperwork or bureaucracy
- Fewer resources required.
- Works well on older computers.
- Much online troubleshooting.
- Self-sufficiency. Not dependent on a single corporation.
- Highly customizable. Many different versions for different situations.
Microsoft does have some strong points, and many refurbishers
Recommended for normal people:
A comfortable experience, with low hardware requirements (RECOMMENDED)
Linux Mint Mate
Fairly good experience, with low hardware requirements:
Xubuntu (xfce + Ubuntu)
Lubuntu (LXDE + Ubuntu)
Linux Mint xfce
Okay experience, with VERY low hardware requirements:
Good experience but high hardware requirements:
Unity on Ubuntu
KDE (various distros)
Gnome (various distros)
For techies and tinkerers, low hardware requirements.
Arch Linux (e.g. + xfce or Openbox)
Many other distros (distributions) for special purposes
- CloudReady. A Chrome-like OS from NeverWare that can run on many old computers. Free to individuals.
- Linux Mint.
- Silicon Valley Linux Users Group.