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Xtra-PC

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Discuss about this Linux-running USB that is meant to "make old computers new again".

https://www.xtra-pc.com/

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I can see how this would give some life to a computer from 2002 give or take (Minimum specs to run the OS according to the website is 700 megahertz with 512 MB of RAM), but it's unusual how the OS is only offered when you buy one of their USB drives but what can I expect from somthing that appears to be one of those "As seen on TV" products. Any sort of Linux distribution at least offers a D-I-Y route to simply download the Live ISO and flash in the contents to any existing USB drive you already own.

Wary Puppy exists by the way, so try that. Also, at minimum, it can run on ~300MHz CPU with 64MB of RAM. While it does run on an older Linux kernel and it was last updated in 2013 since it's supposed to be an LTS branch of Puppy, it's better to just save your money and download the ISO and put it on a flash drive or burn it onto a CD if all you want is to give an old computer some decent life.
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I have a dump of the 16Gb disk if anyone is interested.... Seems to be Xubuntu I386 based.
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valvedubstep wrote:I have a dump of the 16Gb disk if anyone is interested.... Seems to be Xubuntu I386 based.
That would be appreciated. Would be willing to try it anyway.
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Re: Xtra-PC

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https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jqzqEP ... sp=sharing

Its a raw binary dump taken with dd and gzip'd. Overall size after decompression is 16gb. Will boot from a SATA drive in my experience.
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valvedubstep wrote:Seems to be Xubuntu I386 based.
I just checked the image you sent over. Converted it to VMware format through qemu-img. I noticed that it's running LXDE as the desktop environment, so it's actually derived from Lubuntu instead of Xubuntu. I also have to go reset the admin password on my copy of the image provided so I can use sudo. Not sure if you've set the password yourself or it came with a preset one since I've tried the typical "password" and blank password with no luck. It calls itself "Xtra-PC GNU/Linux" on the GRUB menu.

I opened the terminal and ran "lsb_release -a", which gave me this:

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Distributor ID: Xtra-PC
Description:    Xtra-PC 4.0.1
Release:        4.0.1
Codename:       xenial
Normally, Ubuntu should report this (Or a variation of it if it's a certain DE flavour):

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Distributor ID: Ubuntu
Description:    Ubuntu 16.04.3 LTS
Release:        16.04
Codename:       xenial
The "xenial" codename shows this is 16.04. It seems they went the extra mile in changing the ID and relase number.

Other than that, it's what I exprect from some as-seen-on-TV-looking Ubuntu-based commercial OS alternative for tech-illiterates. 8-)
It has Mirage as its photo viewer, the LibreOffice suite, Firefox and Thunderbird, VLC, and web shortcuts for Facebook, Kindle, Pandora, and Pinterest. I could easily whip up all that on my own.
Decent idea on paper, however making this a commercial Ubuntu that can only acquired by buying a flash drive from them and not even host a free community image to use for one's own flash drives is a bizarre execution.
Bottom line: get the real Lubuntu and save your money.
By the way, I also noticed their YouTube videos on how they market this to religious institutions. Better off giving them TempleOS than this. *hehe*
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Thanks for the analysis! I didn't really have time to do it when i got the flashdrive, so i shelved it. Password was "administrator" like Xtra-pcs documents say. They were public when i got it, I don't know if they still are or not.

As for on my end, they have a in house spam list.... Surprise 8-)
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pfft, i could load anti-x on something old like a dell dimension 4100 and be cool with it
no need to pay money for a linux distro that's always free to download
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A relevant video that directly addresses this product.

TL'DW: It's just a Linux distro on a USB stick. It's trash.
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