When Stef switched from PCs to Macs a few years ago, I took custody of her old laptop. It’s an HP G60, possibly the worst laptop I’ve ever used.
It’s my fault Stef bought it. I said it would be fine.
It has become my on-the-patio computer. But using it is frustrating.
It came with Windows Vista, but I’ve had Windows 7, 8 and 10 installed. Awful, awful, awful.
Even swapping out the hard drive for an SSD didn’t make much difference.
Linux is open source software. Individual modules come from different developers all over-the-world. Linux Mint installs all at once, but you can see it’s not homogenized like Windows or the Mac OS.
Linux Mint is based on Ubuntu Linux which is based on Debian Linux. That makes sense, said no one ever. In the Linux world this is fine.
I chose a MATE install, which uses a less taxing video scheme. It’s made for older machines.
I expected this laptop to suffer driver problems. Current versions of Windows don’t even have drivers for it. Instead, it just worked. The G60’s video, audio and WiFi systems were recognized automatically. I practically fainted.
This terrible, terrible machine now runs fast. I am incredibly pleased. And Mint Linux is totally intuitive.
I really lucked out. Now, if I can only get the printer to work.