A classic o/s on a classic laptop

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    Dyehard

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    I have Windows XP Professional installed on a ¨real¨ Thinkpad (IBM G40 - 3 GHz P4, 15¨ monitor, 2 GB RAM, 60 GB HDD). It is protected from malware by the free version of AVG and Hitman Pro. I was going to install a Linux distro on it but decided to keep the incumbent XP ro onboard as none of the games I am fond of will install or run on Linux. Iḿ using an earlier version of Foxpro as a browser. The combo is lightening fast. The graphic/video is not quite up to modern computer standards as the G40s video card is only 64 MB. It was a $3000 machine NIB back in the day and like the old original IBMs built like a tank.
     
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    That is one of Linux's biggest drawbacks. It easily rivals or surpasses Windows in productivity applications. I have reached the conclusion that hardcore Linux users are not PC gamers. In your case dual-booting XP/Linux might offer the right mix. I had XP/Ubuntu 12.04 dual-booting on an older computer years ago.
     
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    I have several Linux PCs (consoles & laptops) and several PCs running Windows 10 and the latest & greatest. I will keep the legacy classics (real IBM G40 Thinkpad & Win XP Pro) together & unadulterated by the 21st century in the same ¨Jurassic park of computing¨ domain. I do a lot of my ¨innocent¨computing on the Thinkpad (surfing low risk websites & emailing) & haven´t been taken over by evil hordes of hackers as predicted by the ¨dump XP¨ panic promoters & fearmongers.
     
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    update:
    Unfortunately the HDD went south on the subject IBM G40 and I installed Linux Mint XFCE (32 bit) v 19.2 a little while ago on the "new" HDD . I wanted to keep running XP on that machine forever but sometimes fate takes things out of your hands. The XFCE is running very well. The laptop isn't a gamer but it does very well with its new O/S. Everything works but it isn't the same.
     
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    I like classic XP on modern hardware. Eventually I hope to have a few M.2 SSDs but for now SATA SSDs will be ok. "for now" meaning once my credit cards are paid off, and I'm saving for a Tesla Model 3, the 0-60 in 3.2 seconds version.

    Business class Thinkpads from around 2012 are my favorite laptop. Very well built and minimal bundled crapware. Install a SSD and they fly.
     
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    My REAL IBM ThinkPad (G40) was already "long in the tooth" in 2012.
    Most laptops from its era are in landfills now but mine was a super computer when it was bought.
    I would often get "no s**t!!" when I told of its amazing attributes (2 GB RAM, 3 GHz P4, 80 GB IDE (pata) HDD). Now these "amazing attributes" enable it to barely keep up with multi-core crowd.

    * Incidentally, I don't believe XP supports SATA 3. I presume SATA 3 drives are backwards compatible with earlier versions but popping a SATA 3 drive into a computer hosting XP would be a waste of money.
     
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