Recycling with Free Software

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Recycling has become common in today's society. We recycle glass, plastic, paper, denim jeans and more but what about computer systems? If you are looking to dispose of a working, but older, computer system there are ways to give that computer a new purpose in life. Using Free Software is one of the best ways to recycle an older working computer, keep it out of the landfills, and give it new life as a secondary computer for your home or as a donation to a family in need.

How does a person go about recycling with Free Software? The first thing a person will need is working computer hardware. This can be found in the corner of your office with papers or boxes piled on top of it or it might be that old system you gave to your kids to play their educational games on but is now too slow to use. Other places you can find older working computers is in your local online or paper classified ads.

Now that you have the hardware, it is time to find the free software what will bring your older system new life. There are several GNU/Linux distributions that are geared towards running on older, not-so-powerful hardware. These include Puppy Linux and Xubuntu among others. If the hardware you are recycling is a bit more modern, then you might consider gNewSense, Ubuntu or Fedora.

All of the mentioned distributions are packed with loads of free software that can bring back the spice of life into an older system that might have seen its final days approaching. With free software you don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on a newer system to be able to enjoy the wonders of the Internet or the computer gaming world. Using free software provides much of the same functionality as products offered by proprietary software companies, but with more security and freedom.

Recycle an older computer system with Free software. You will be aiding in the global fight to reduce pollution of our rivers and streams and at the same time open a new door for someone to a wealth of free software. Get started at one of the links below.

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gNewSense - http://www.gnewsense.org/static/homepage/
Puppy Linux - http://puppylinux.com/
Xubuntu - http://www.xubuntu.org/
Ubuntu - http://www.ubuntu.com/
Fedora - http://fedoraproject.org/