"Your PC is old, not dead!" We give old PCs a new lease on life by replacing their bloated commercial operating system (OS) with Linux

Happy 25th birthday, Linux! (8-25-2016). Have extra cake!


Your Home Linux gives old PCs a new lease on life by replacing their bloated commercial operating system (OS) with [[Linux]]. 

For several years, we've been using Linux at home and at work. In this short time, Linux has evolved from a niche OS favored by DIYers and computer science geeks into an increasingly easy-to-use, virus-free, speedy platform. The OS is improving at breakneck speed, and gaining fans worldwide.

But our primary interest in Linux has always been this: It's great for giving PCs with modest specifications a new lease on life, thereby keeping them out of the trash.

For home users, that means:

  • Finally, a useful purpose for those desktops and laptops gathering dust in a closet
  • A fast-booting computer to put in unexpected places (kitchen, garage or shed)  
  • A perfect system for kids (plus, loads of free games and educational applications)
  • A highly configurable PC for people with special needs
  • A home media server
  • A home "cloud" server

Best of all, all this is possible using PC hardware you already own


  • Load your old, "useless" PC with an appropriate flavor of desktop or server Linux
  • Create an always-on home "cloud" for your music, video and data
  • Teach you how to add free software from the secure, virus-free Linux repositories
  • Teach you how to update your system to the latest version of Linux
  • Consultation and demonstration (about 1 hour)
  • Installation (about 1 hour)
  • 2 months of free support

Additional services, including hardware recommendations, networking support, additional tools and education available at a negotiated hourly rate. 

We Like the XBMC (now Kodi) frontend to a media server: 


We Also Like the Plexmedia Server, Which Any Web Browser Can Reach:



Our Favorite Linux Desktop for Linux Newcomers: 


While there are dozens of Linux distributions ("distros") to try, for people coming to Linux for the first time, we recommend Lubuntu. This distro, which is based on [[Ubuntu]] Linux, has a deserved reputation for being lightweight and familiar for people coming from, say, Windows XP.

Lubuntu, a swift desktop that consumes less than 500MB of RAM

We consider Lubuntu our default starter distro for new users. Why? Because it runs great on older hardware (the type YourHomeLinux users typically want to upgrade) and it runs blazing on machines with a bit more power (dual-core processors and above).

Here's a quick video review about the latest version, Lubuntu 14.04:


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