How I installed a 64 Bit Linux distribution on my 10 year old Dell Latitude, and gave it a new lease of life (literally!)

My Journey with Linux

For those of you who are not familiar with the world of Linux and Open Source, don’t worry, this article is as much about learning as it is about a voyage of discovery.

# The Introduction
It was early 2001, and I was a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. One of my professors in graduate school told us about something called GNU and Unix. The names stuck in my mind, and I happened to mention to my friend Nico about it. Nico was a grad student in computer science, his classes were a stone’s throw away from my civil engineering department.
“How do I get Unix on my computer? Like the ones they have on the workstations in the labs.” I asked him.
“You cannot get Unix, but I will get you a Linux distro. See you in the evening.”

I spent the afternoon reading about Linux and distributions. Not much of it made any sense to me. Free software, open source, GPL…these were all new terms. Several cups of ciffee and trips to the vending machine helped kill the time, and at 7 pm, on a cold evening in January 2011, entered Nico with two CDs in his hand.One hour later, he left me to figure out my way around Red Hat Linux. The Introduction was short, sweet, and began a journey that would take several twosts and turns over the next sisxteen years. Today, with the exception of my Mac and Skype, my startup Kamakshi Media uses free or open source tools only.

## The Journey So Far

### Time To Celebrate
Last month, I was introduced to Virtualbox. You can run it on Windows or Mac (and of course Linux) and ‘install’ in a virtual environment. That is, you can experiment with different Linuxs without actually making any changes to your computer.

#### Note: Free Software That Is Paid
I am not going to get into the “why free software does not necessary mean free of cost” debate. Over the years, I have paid for, donated for ‘free’ software. Read here to learn what I mean.

My 15 year Linux user journey and what’s next.

How to use Open Source programs for running a podcasting company

Audacity, Ardour, (except Skype)


In the mid- 1990s, my sister used to work at TIFR, and I used a browser called Netscape. I think they used Unix terminals.. my memory escapes me.



### L-OSS Blogs

Over 500 Linux Distributions have been created over the years, and over half of them have fallen by the wayside. Where can you find the iso files of discontinued distros? Look no further than the list in this blog post.
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Finding Linux ISO Archives
Distrowatch : list of discontinued Distros
List of legacy and discontinued Linux distributions from
List of legacy and discontinued Linux distributions from
List of legacy and discontinued Linux distributions from
Archive OS
List of legacy and discontinued Linux distributions from
OS Boxes
List of legacy and discontinued Linux distributions from OS Boxes
List of legacy and discontinued Linux distributions from

Trying it out Well, not quite a discountinued distribution… I tried Fedora 27 to give the idea a try. .vdi from the website.

[List of discontinued Linux distributions](

#### Bodhi LInux

Bodhi Linux: the destination after the journey.

How I decided to installe Bodhi Linux on my Dell Latitude D520 laptop after trying nearly 100 different linux distributions.
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After a long, long series of installs, breaks, reinstalls, endless hours in configuring, tweaking softwares, runnin a series of sudo commands, typing modprobe with QWERTY and AZERTY keyboards, and finaly pulling out my remaining hair, I zero’d in on the distro that will power my laptop(s): Bodhi Linux.

The search wasn’t easy: it was a series of endless frustrations and endless hours spent in researching, trying, reading up (and down) about different distros. Betweek January 2017 and February 2018, I tried over fifty different Linux distros. During this process, there was a growing frustration with Debian and/ or Ubuntu based distros (ironic, isn’t it, considering the end result). I found temporary solace while installing and using Manjaro Linux that worked very well, but one fine day the Manjaro install decided to kick the bucket.

See more screenshots of Bodhi Linux

### How I do linux Reviews

How I do my Linux Reviews

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I use two machines for my reviews

Dell Latitude D540 laptop Virtualbox on Macbook Pro

I have pretty much settled on Bodhi Linux 4.0 (32 Bit) Bodhi Linux 64 Bit 4.5 for the Dell- a 1.67 Ghz Dual Core Inspiron D520, 3.3 GB RAM (just gave a RAM upgrade to this 11 year old workhorse.. yay!) and 80 GB Hard drive. Issues with the laptop: too much heat – hard drive needs to be replaced (I ordered a SSD yesterday from Ali Express to fix this). Also, there is a single vertical green streak on the display, and the wifi occasionally stops working once the laptop heats up. Other than that, I have had very little problems on this laptop which used to run on Windows XP SP2.

And yes, for six months, I also ran Raspbian, Manjaro and Ubuntu Mate on a Raspberry Pi 3.

Update April 6th in January 2018, I discovered that my laptop is capable of running 64 bit OS. After quite a bit of trials and many, many errors, I finally got Manjaro 64 bit and finally Bodhi Linux 4.5 64 Bit on 6th April 2018.

### Reviews


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You will find reviews of Linux Distros here.

Bodhi Linux

Ubuntu Bionic Beaver- Beta 1

## Blog Post : Linux ISO HOF

VirtualBox Images


Distrowatch : list of discontinued Distros


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