Does Linux make for greener computing? I hope so. Our world is too filled up with garbage as it is. If Linux can let an old computer have some life for somebody who just needs to surf the web, type papers, and do some instant messaging, I say “go for it”. Too many people “need” the newest type of computer they can get. I can see if you are a gamer (but then why don’t you just buy a PS2/3, Gamecube or Xbox/360 and be done with it?) but everyone else who just uses their computer for ‘net, word processing and communications doesn’t really need anything more than a basic Linux box with those features.
Now, if somebody does CAD work, music editing, some sort of Photoshop work or something else that has a specific function, then they might need the newest, shiniest version of Windows out there. They may even need a Mac. But, for general computing (the things I mentioned above), most people don’t need anything more than a basic box running (I’ll hazard a guess and probably get shot down here) a Pentium III with 128 or 256 megs of ram with a low-resource desktop environment (Xfce or Fluxbox, etc).
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