My laptop, what it has

Since I made a big deal about getting a used laptop a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to share what I got for my $350. I’m quite happy with it.

Dell Latitude D600 with bag, original software (who needs it?), USB mouse, charger cable and (here’s the really random bit) a plug-in floppy drive. There’s no date of manufacture on it, but I know its not new. It is, per Ms. Theologian’s concerns, made in Malaysia.

It has a Intel Pentium M 1.6Ghz processor and 250 MB of RAM. A 20 GB hard drive, but I don’t have much on it, and have 14 of the 20 gig free.

Again, the operating system for those who are interested. I loaded Xubuntu — because the laptop had a hard time with the current Ubuntu 7.04 (Fiesty Fawn) live CD — then installed ubuntu-desktop and removed xubuntu-desktop, giving me the lucious Ubuntu Linux experience geeks and semi-geeks worldwide have come to know and love. (The difference between Ubuntu, Xubuntu and Kubuntu for that matter are the desktop environments, meaning in a nutshell the user experience and default associated programs. Xubuntu is lighter and better for old machines. But I like the GNOME environment that comes with standard Ubuntu.)

I loaded Automatix for media codecs (for compression/decompression data sets) and Audacity, which I plan to use at Day Job to help with podcasts. Most everything else is default, which itself would be dandy for many, many users.

By Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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