Do you have an old computer lying around taking up space you don't have? You could try selling it or giving it away, but that can be a real hassle. First you have to securely wipe the hard drive to make sure no one else gets their hands on your old data, and then you have to manage an online sale.
If you just want to dump the computer, you still need to wipe it. Then you have to make sure you dispose of the computer responsibly to avoid harming the environment. I've got a better idea.
Revive that old computer with this free, open-source Linux operating system called Linux Mint. It's full of great features and runs better than Windows XP or Vista on older hardware. Plus, it will receive software updates to fix bugs and security issues unlike Windows' older operating systems.
Old computers may have less reliable hardware than newer ones, so you shouldn't rely on it as your go-to machine. But, it can make a great secondary computer that you can use to browse the Internet, check email and do other online tasks.
The latest version of Linux Mint, known as is Linux Mint 17.1 or Linux Mint "Rebecca", comes with some standard software pre-installed, including the Mozilla Firefox Web browser, Thunderbird email application, the LibreOffice Suite and GIMP Image Editor.
If you can't find a program you're looking for, there's a search field that makes it easy to locate software within Linux Mint. You can also pin your favorite applications to make them easier to access later on. There's also a software manager that helps you download hundreds of other free programs.
In addition to all of that software, Linux-based operating systems are also relatively safe because there are fewer viruses to worry about.