I bought this on the 13th of April 2021. 10 years old and works like a charm. Unlike most windows computers. Update: Today is the 13th September as I complete this article. I bought this laptop second hand from Gumtree at a good price. I didn’t want to spend too much on a new laptop in case I won’t like it. I tried installing the Linux Mint OS myself but it didn’t go as planned. I downloaded the Mint distribution ISO file, got a clean USB stick, and downloaded the software to convert the file into a bootable disk image. This is where the problem began, for some reason the software that was meant to make the ISO file bootable from USB stick didn’t work properly and I don’t know why. Having spent enough time trying to do it myself, I decided to hire a pro. I went to my local computer repair shop in Southgate. They did a fantastic job installing Linux Mint for me. They even replaced the hard drive with a new solid state drive. Here is my review of their fantastic services on google maps. The only disadvantage is that I have not been able to install my Wacom Cintiq graphics tablet nor use any Adobe software which I have been using for years. This will require many years of practice to get to know and learn how to use the Linux alternatives. I bet a lot of the experts out there are laughing at my lack of understanding and technical knowledge but I don’t have time to learn all the functions of an operating system in order to install something as simple as a driver. It shouldn’t have to require being a Linux pro in order install basic things. I think this is a valid complaint. When it comes to printers, I cannot find a linux driver for the printer that I use which is a HP Officejet Pro 8600. The Hewlitt Packard website does not supply drivers for Linux users, so what they do instead is divert you over to some other website that says it provides a Linux driver for the printer you have, you select your distro and download the file for it. Instead of giving a proper driver file all it gives you is a “shell script.” I have no idea what that is. But every time I tried to run the file it freezes and it doesn’t go any further. So now I can’t print anything from a Linux which is not ideal. Perhaps the Linux community could design a Linux specific printer. I am happy to crowdfund a campaign if there is one. I have looked at various graphic tablets online for their drivers and I only found one that has a Linux driver. The rest are only for Windows and Mac. Again, there needs to be a Linux version of the drivers. If not, at least a Linux based graphics tablet. I don’t want to be a technician in order to install something like this. It needs to be as simple as download and install the driver, plug the device into our computer and it’s ready to go. But Linux hasn’t reached that stage yet. This needs to get sorted out. I hope it arrives shortly. Once the I have a graphics tablet installed I will learn how to use the alternatives to the most popular applications on PC and Mac, eg. Alternative to Photoshop is GIMP. Alternative to Illustrator is InkScape. Alternative to Premiere is KdenLive. Alternative to Audition is Audacity. And so on, I’m sure you can think of many examples. Hell. I am typing this in LibreOffice on my Linux Mint laptop. Of course, after years of using Windows software, it will take years to learn and get good at these alternatives since old habits die hard. I believe these tools will get better in time and so will I at using them. I am eternally thankful to all the developers who made this software accessible for free. They have done a fantastic job. Kudos to them. I conclude this article with a toast to Linux Mint with a cup of Mint tea. Cheers to Linux, it’s the way forward! If you would like to give it a try, you can download it from here: https://linuxmint.com/download.php Post Scriptum; Allow me to introduce Chris Were who recently posted video on this very subject. Why Linux Mint is the best distro for new users
He makes a lot of good content. So I recommend you go and check out his channel and social media.