Up on the PCLinuxOS forums, a member shared with everyone a recent Windows computer repair expereince.  Dragynn (His forum name) allowed me to share his comments.

“Just had a horrible run in with windoze 7.  And it was truly a moment where I realized how grateful I should be.

“My neighbor’s mom, nice little old lady, got an HP mini, little netbook with an Atom cpu and a gig of ram, asks me to look at her machine …..(arrgh)…..Windoze 7, which in the first place should not be on a computer with specs this low….so ate up with malware, trojans, OEM garbageware, toolbars (spyware)….omg….it was running over 70 processes at idle, using 700-800 mb of ram, if you even touched anything the cpu spikes to 100%, the mouse jumps all over the screen, killed malware processes re-spawn themselves instantly, she’s already been locked out of un-installing programs……

“I just couldn’t do it, too much work…told her i’d be happy to wipe the whole thing and install something that worked, but no way i’m cleaning up that mess.

“And she’s a little old lady, all she does is surf a bit, and play some games, occasionally skype to her family….there is no way that somebody like that, should have her machine in that kind of state, in such a short amount of time. What a huge scam that is, it makes me a little sick to ponder on it for too long.

“And then I come home, to my shiny PCLOS desktop, 100 times faster than her machine on hardware that’s half a decade old (a lifetime in Moore’s Law-years), humming along at barely over 100 mb of ram at idle, it has never known a virus, any software I choose to install has been specifically packaged for my system, and absolutely safe…and FREE. Laptops that are over a decade old, and have 1/4 of the memory of her machine, run better than hers ever will.

“So, thank you. Thank you Texstar and all the PCLOS devs and contributors, for free-ing me from the nightmare that is that terrible corporate cartel and their lifelong death-grip on my wallet.”

Not to worry, Dragynn did fix the neighbor’s computer.  But he installed Linux!  (PCLinuxOS, to be specific).

His next post revealed his method.

“Fired up a liveUSB, she likes it a lot had to add a wireless package I missed putting on the iso, and having some small issue with right-click, I don’t ever use the touchpad on my laptops (I use USB travel mouse), so have to dig around in some settings I reckon. Oh man it is sooooooo much quicker on her machine, just unreal, she says it never ran that fast even brand new with windoze. It even dims the backlight properly on this little machine with no configuring needed. Ethernet detected immediately when I plugged that in, wireless connected instantly once I had the broadcom package installed, in fact there were several managed and unmanaged wireless signals found and it auto-connected immediately to the strongest unmanaged signal.”

See?  It’s easy! Install PCLinuxOS from a CD/DVD or right from a USB pendrive!  Your system will run faster and be more secure. Best of all, it’ll  be free of viruses and other Windows Malware.

Get Linux.  Get PCLinuxOS.


Discussion (10) ¬

  1. Anon

    Still waiting to be rescued by the 64bit one.

  2. geek

    What version of PCLinuxos was it?

  3. LinuxLover

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve taken the PCLinuxOS livecd to fix a Windows machine. It’s so nice to boot up and go in there and make fixes.

    Thank heavens for livecd’s and especially PCLinuxOS. Best distro out, hands down!

  4. Barista Uno

    Everyone, not just nice little old ladies, should try PCLinuxOS. I have the latest PCLOS lxde running on my secondary workstation, a vintage HP desktop rig (500MHz processor, 500MB RAM). It has literally breathed new life into this antique machine. And what do I use on my primary workstation with 1.8GHz Sempron processor and 1GB RAM? PCLOS lxde of course!

  5. LinuxLover

    On Barista Uno’s message, I agree that everyone should try it. PCLinuxOS is designed for beginners without getting in the way of the advanced users. Everything is easy to do, but it doesn’t dumb you down in the process.

    I’m running PCLinuxOS on a Core i7 machine with a fast nVidia graphics card and 6GB of memory. Currently, sadly, it only sees 3GB of the memory. Waiting for 64 bit…

  6. MerReady

    LinuxLover, go into synaptic and install the pae kernel and that will allow PCLinuxOS to use all 6gb of ram.

  7. Bobby

    @LinuxLover : I myself using PCLINUXOS-KDE on Core-i7 with nVidia and 8GB Ram. Just install PAE kernel with bfs and it is recognizing all my RAM and my 8 cores. It is working wonderfully with this PAE. In mine it is recognising 7.8 GM. You should also install PAE with bfs. First check your Kernel from ‘Kinfocenter’ and then install exectally same Kernel from Synaptic with only difference with ‘pae’. Enjoy.

    64 Bit PCLINUXOSs are under testing. Believe me they are more stable than many distros RCs. The draw back right now is that all the softwares are not uptodate with 64bit. Textar is working on it. It may take time.

  8. Bobby

    Hello again, up there it is 7.8 GB. And the link to 64 Bit os is
    And if you want to follow Textar the twitter is : http://twitter.com/iluvpclinuxos

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