My doc was a bit confused about the age of this computer when he gave it to me to setup. We spoke about a 5 year old laptop. It turned out to be a beast from 2003: a Lifebook n series by Fujitsu. I’ve always said that Fujitsu must be run by a supervillain or at the very least, a rebel billionaire. They make industrial equipment and infrastructure, while at the same time making laptops and other select home electronics. Like someone just wanted their ideal laptop and then as an afterthought sold it as a product. Don’t get me wrong, I am not trying to disparage Fujitsu in any way. Quite the opposite in fact. I have relied on their hard drives for my most precious data and their Lifebooks have always been some of the best out there. The fact that this 13+ year old laptop is operating with all original parts and a working battery is testament to Fujitsu’s commitment to quality.
My first clue was the XP sticker. I decided to go with Lubuntu, a minimized variant on the popular Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is a wonderful distribution, especially for those new to Linux, but it’s built on top of Debian, so it’s not just for beginners. For years, I’ve used some of the older (still supported) Ubuntu versions for old machines. I hate to see workin computers fail because of a lack of software support. Thanks to the good people at Lubuntu, Ubuntu, GNU/Linux, this is a thing of the past. This guy is running all the latest in security and cryptographic technology, a fully modern web browser and a full suite of productivity software fully compatible with the latest MS Office.