I just installed Ubuntu on my 5+ year old laptop and quickly realized that I made the right choice. Let me give you some background on this laptop. I have installed Ubuntu before(as well as Fedora) on this computer before, but they were just to test out Linux and therefore ran along with Windows. My computer is sporting an Intel Celeron processor clocked at 2.2GHz, with an integrated graphics card and 2GB of RAM. The HD is just a measly 250GB. I recently(like 6 months ago) purchased a Mac Mini and haven't had much need for my laptop, until now. I wanted to breathe some life back into this machine and soon realized that, while running Win7, this was impossible. I remembered the days when Ubuntu freed me of most of my lag and so I thought I might as well give it a chance. The only problem is that my Windows installation had become so sluggish that I had to make a CD to install Ubuntu, since accessing my OS to do so was out of the question. This would not have been a problem given the plethora of How-To's on the Internet as well as some past experience, but my BIOS was being, well, stupid. I had to go and fix that by changing some simple settings, but that did put me into an infinite boot loop, something that might not have been a problem had I not walked away to come back to a super hot laptop. Once I had some initial issues out of the way, the installation was a breeze. No surprises here, everything installed as it should. Now comes the part where I seek my revenge . I had no plans to completely remove Windows. I was just going to dual-boot again, but I felt that with all the heartaches that it was giving that I should seek some revenge, so I installed Ubuntu as a stand alone OS, deleting Windows in the process. I guess ultimately it was a wise decision, seeing as how I couldn't really use Windows anyway. I posited that Ubuntu would be able to run on my laptop, at least better than Windows, from my past experience but it could have really gone either way, I mean, what would I have done if the installation process failed lol. So, now I poise the question to you; is Ubuntu the Linux-based OS to rule them all? Have you resurrected a dying computer using Ubuntu, or for that matter any Linux-based OS? I hope that maybe someone, somewhere will find this post and in their PC's final hour, resurrect it from its certain demise.