Solved Linux media computer conversion from XP?

Emachines T5088 desktop
July 15, 2014 at 21:12:31
Specs: Windows XP Pro, Athlon II X2 3.5GB RAM
I have an older computer that worked very well for Windows XP Pro. I need an extra computer for just simple browsing and playing videos from the internet or DVDs - no other functions are really needed. Since XP is no longer supported and therefore I am assuming it is not safe to use online, I am wondering if it is worth it to install another operating system like Linux and still use this computer in this limited capacity. I am also open to suggestions of any other operating systems. My main concern is whether websites like Comedy Central, Netflix, Amazon, You Tube, etc. as well as the various Web Players & Codecs will work well in this setup.

Specs of the computer:

AMD Athalon 64 X2 Dual Core 4200+
2.19GHz, 3.5 GB RAM

Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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July 16, 2014 at 05:18:38
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I recommend either Linux Mint or Zorin OS. The latest versions of both are based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Long Term Support) & will be supported until 2019. Mint 17 has been out a little longer than Zorin 9 & has numerous "flavors" to choose from. Zorin has only released their Core edition so far, but other versions will follow shortly. Both distros are very Windows-like so it should be a fairly easy transition for you. All you need to do is decide which DE (Desktop Environment) you would prefer & whether you want 32-bit or 64-bit.

Here's an explanation of the various Desktop Environments:

Download the ISO of your choice, burn it to a DVD using Imgburn (or similar software), then boot off the disk & take the OS for a spin. No need to install it until you're ready & comfortable with it, just run directly from the disk:

EDIT: all the sites you mentioned should work well with either distro.

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August 18, 2014 at 15:41:37
Hi,...I installed Ubuntu for the same reason a few months ago, and the transition has pretty much been seamless. I didn't feel like "learning" a whole new MS OS, Linux has definitely met all my needs. Give it a try,....heck the price is right, sits on a partition of my HD, and if it doesn't work for you, you can simply ditch it for something else!


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