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Default 07-24-2017, 03:54 AM

Seeing as my previous post on this thread (#83) is almost 5 years old now, I figure it's about time for an update.

My Mini 9 is still kicking, and after running various releases of Lubuntu and Xubuntu for a good while, I'm currently on a continuation of Crunchbang (#!), BunsenLabs Linux, as my OS of choice. All of these distros are lightweight and well suited to making the most out of old hardware, and I can recommend them all as good choices for this little netbook. Boot-up and return-from-standby are exceptionally quick on BL, and even with a few extra programs added, I'm still only using up a quarter of the space on my 16GB SSD.

My battery wasn't doing so hot a few years ago, and has finally given out altogether. As soon as I unplug the computer, it'll shut off. I have a replacement coming from Amazon for only $22, so we'll see if I chose a good knockoff or a bad one.

Other than web surfing and as a tool to continue to learn Linux, I have my Mini 9 hooked up to my HF transceiver, where it serves very well for amateur radio purposes such as digital communication and logging.

Considering that I paid $200 for this thing back in 2009, I feel like I've gotten more than enough use out of it for my money, and it's still not only kicking, but performing pretty admirably for such an old machine. Here's hoping I'll have another update in a few years!

Dell Mini 9 (Alpine White) -- 16GB SuperTalent SSD -- 2GB Kingston RAM -- 8GB Sandisk Ultra II SDHC -- 1.3MP webcam -- Windows 7 RC / Linux Mint 7 RC
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