Put an old netbook to good use

Second Life

Article from Issue 148/2013

Death, taxes, and hardware obsolescence are all inevitable, but at least you can mitigate the latter by squeezing more productive use from older desktop machines, notebooks, and netbooks.

With the use of a lightweight or specialized Linux distribution, you can easily turn an old desktop machine into a versatile headless server that runs on your local network. But what about notebooks and netbooks? With the right mix of Linux software, you can put them to several practical uses. In this article, I provide a few starting points and ideas that can help give your trusty old netbook (or notebook) a new lease on life.

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