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What to install on a 10 year old Windows 2000 computer?

Jan de Boer
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I am unemployed and before I used my company laptop, but now I only have a very old Windows 2000 machine. (Got it from a company that would otherwise throw it on the dump.) What could I install to just send some mails through hotmail and browse some sites for vacancies? I am currently using Firefox 3.6. I am constantly getting messages I should update my browser of course. At the moment it works for me, but it's rather slow. I constantly hear the HD, which is probably swapping memory to and from disk.

And yes, I will get a new computer shortly, I think. And yes, it's idiotic for a computer programmer to not have a normal computer at home. :-)
Campbell Ritchie
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Back up the hard drive, and install a low‑memory version of Linux, maybe Ubuntu with an XFCE desktop. As you install Linux, consider how to partition the hard drive. I think I have shown how I do it in this thread. You may only have 1 Windows® partition.
Amit Ghorpade
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If its serving the purpose then it is good to leave it as is IMO. Most of the software available will report compatibility issues and may slow down the system as they are meant for better machines which are available in today's world.
You can choose to use a live version of Linux as well. Does not require any install.

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Jan de Boer
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It's good as it is. (I am using it right now actually.) I just wonder if I could use a different kind of browser. I googled which version of firefox one could use, since that is my favourite browser. (And that was the 3.6 version.) But maybe there are leaner, not that well known internet browsers I can use?

Also using hotmail is irritating! First they say on the webpage that my browser is old, and that I can go to the mobile version. That worked brilliantly. But now something changed and I am getting forwarded again to the normal site that is far slower. I was so happy using that mobile version! I tried to explicitly go to the mobile version, but I get forwarded again to the normal hotmail. Okay it still works, but I do not like it when I got something good that works, and it gets replaced... et cetera.

Added: I am using Clam Win Free antivirus. It was the only free anti virus software I could find to work with Windows 2000.

Actually I think it's a fun challenge. Getting something to work that would otherwise be thrown away as waste. It's good for the climate, the CO2 level, and it saves the planet. :-)
Amit Ghorpade
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Jan de Boer wrote:I googled which version of firefox one could use, since that is my favourite browser. (And that was the 3.6 version.) But maybe there are leaner, not that well known internet browsers I can use?

Firefox can be made lean on memory. See if you really want to try it out.

Jan de Boer wrote:Also using hotmail is irritating! First they say on the webpage that my browser is old, and that I can go to the mobile version. That worked brilliantly. But now something changed and I am getting forwarded again to the normal site that is far slower. I was so happy using that mobile version! I tried to explicitly go to the mobile version, but I get forwarded again to the normal hotmail.

Yes because it detects that you are not using a mobile device


Jan de Boer wrote:Actually I think it's a fun challenge. Getting something to work that would otherwise be thrown away as waste. It's good for the climate, the CO2 level, and it saves the planet. :-)

Certainly it is
 
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