I’m sitting on the patio, typing on the newly reformatted Linux laptop. Stef ditched it years ago. It was ploddingly slow.
Who knew this machine was capable of this speed? I’m ecstatic.
There’s been one problem so far. It seemed huge when it happened, then disappeared as if by magic while troubleshooting the problem.
It used to be if you ran Linux you had a very limited set of programs and apps you could run. That’s changed. So much of the Internet sits in the cloud and runs in your browser. Nearly every weather tool I use is web based.
My preferred browser, Chrome, is called Chromium in the Linux world. It’s slightly different, not enough to notice. Most of the programming is paid for by Google, but it’s licensed as open source. All my bookmarks and extensions came over automatically.
Version 43.0.2357.130 Built on Ubuntu 14.04, running on LinuxMint 17.2 (64-bit).
Linux is geeky that way. It is made for people who hack around.
Stef’s battery in this machine had seen better days. A full charge didn’t last a half hour. The new $17 replacement is being calibrated. Full charge, then full discharge, three times. Supposedly good for the battery. I’m hoping for three and a half hours. Newer laptops are more energy efficient.
At the moment I’m very pleased. I hate throwing electronics out.