Bob wants to know what he can do with an older MacBook Pro that can no longer be updated. Leo says he could possibly use Linux on it, but only a few installs will work with Mac hardware. Kubuntu and Xubuntu are examples. He could also continue to run it as is and just use it as something else, like a file server, or he could donate it.
Charles would like to create a dual boot system on his laptop with Windows and Ubuntu Linux. How can he do that? Leo says that running Linux on his computer is a great journey and it has become a lot easier to create a dual boot system with Ubuntu. All he needs to do is download the installer to a USB key and then boot to it. Then it will walk him through creating the dual boot portion. Then when he boots up every day, the GRUB boot manager will ask him which OS he wants to load.
Harold installed Ubuntu onto his computer and he likes it. Leo prefers Debian because it's community supported, while Ubuntu is now a commercial product. The Arch Linux distro is the best. It has great Wiki and community support, but it's more for hardcore Linux users. Harold should use the Antergos installer, it does it all. But Ubuntu has great hardware support as well.
Al has an old HP laptop that he got from a friend. It's a little old for what he wants to do with it, so what computer can he replace it with? Leo says to download Ubuntu and install it on that old computer. It's Linux, which means it's free and secure. It's designed to run on older systems as well. It'll breathe new life into that old laptop.
Doug has an old HP computer and he wants to put Linux on it. Leo says he's a huge fan of Linux. It's free, it's a lot easier to use than it used to be, and it's far more secure. It's a great way to learn.
Charles is thinking of getting a computer with Linux. Should he buy one? Leo says that Dell does offer computers with Linux under Project Sputnik. So if he needs a new computer, that's the way to go. He doesn't have to buy one, though. He can install Ubuntu on an older computer for free. XUbuntu and Lubuntu are designed for older, slower hardware.
Fernando can't download Windows XP Service Pack 3. Leo says that's because they've stopped supporting XP. Can he get it elsewhere? Leo says not to go anywhere but Microsoft to get updates. It's just not safe, especially from Softonic. They usually add stuff that will install other things he doesn't want. But really, he's no less secure without it if he just follows the following guidelines:
Don wants to create a master boot disc using Ubuntu. Leo says it's a great idea and he recommends it highly. The advantage is that Ubuntu is free, more secure, and it won't bother you to upgrade. Leo says it's every bit as easy to use, too.
Tim has an old Toshiba Satellite laptop and the keys on the keyboard have stopped working and it's spreading. If he upgrades to Windows 10, will that fix it? Leo says it could be a physical flaw. He should try plugging in a wired keyboard. If it's software, the keys won't work. If they do, then he'll know it's a hardware issue with that keyboard.
Kinan has a Gateway laptop with a broken screen and he's got it hooked up to an external monitor. It's getting slow and he wants to speed it up. If he's never reinstalled Windows on the machine, it's a good idea to backup his data, format the hard drive and reinstall Windows from a known source. The hard drive may be wearing out, too. Another option would be to try Ubuntu Linux.