Puppy Linux Lucid 5.2

A lot of the time new operating systems like Windows 8, 7, and Vista don’t run well on very old computers. But, Linux based operating systems like Linux Mint, Puppy Linux, and Lubuntu would run great on slower computer because of the lower system speed requirements for RAM, CPU, hard drive, and video cards needed to run Linux based operating systems. Using an older version of Windows, Mac, etc is unsafe because it is no longer supported with security updates, and patches because Microsoft and Apple decided to not support it anymore, so using Linux on an older computer is safer, and faster. Puppy Linux, and other Linux operating systems can run on computers with 256 MB of RAM or less , a single-core 1.4 GHz or slower CPU, 60GB or less hard drive space, onboard video, and sound.

Linux based operating systems like Puppy Linux, Lubuntu, and Linux Mint user interface is similar to Windows XP, Vista, and 7, so if you used a Windows operating system, switching to a Linux based operating system should be simple to do.  There are some Linux operating systems like Ubuntu which works on Mac as well. The user interface in Ubuntu is not very hard to learn even if you only use an Apple Mac computer in the past.

A lot of Linux based operating systems don’t even need a hard drive installed on a computer because they can run off a CD, DVD, or USB storage device with a Linux based operating system image file burned, or written onto a CD/DVD, or USB storage device like a USB Flash drive. If you have a broken computer with a broken hard drive, but it displays the startup image and text when you turn it on, you can use the computer to run Linux from a CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

Linux now has a lot of good software which can run on Linux like Firefox, Google Chrome, LibreOffice, OpenOffice, Mplayer, SMplayer, Steam, Gimp, XBMC, and other software, apps, and games for it, so you can use Linux for doing tons of tasks like watching video, listening to music, web browsing, office work, etc. Most of the software for Linux is also free to use.

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No Wallpaper for Google Android

No Wallpaper App is a simple to use App for changing your homescreen and lockscreen background in Google Android to a solid black color instead of using a picture as a wallpaper, or a live animated wallpaper. No Wallpaper is only 17K in size, so it only takes a few seconds to download, install, and run. It uses very little storage space once it is installed.

If your smartphone, tablet or monitor/HDTV which uses an OLED display, you’ll save some battery power, and electricity. I can also set your brightness lower, and I can still see the shortcut icons’ text on my homescreen, and lockscreen because the text is white, and the background is black, so it is easy to read compared to having a lighter color background, and white text which is harder to read. [click to continue…]


Terminal Launcher for Google Android

Terminal Launcher is a free Google Android Homescreen Launcher. It is totally command line based, so it uses very little RAM, and CPU resources like other command line based programs like Terminal in Ubuntu Linux, and Command Prompt in Windows.  It also uses very little battery life, or electricity. It hides the status bar, and is totally text based. If your smartphone, tablet, or Android device has bad battery life, and you want to save electricity on your Android settop box, or Android desktop or laptop, Terminal Launcher is one of the best launchers for saving battery life, and electricity because of its low RAM, and CPU usage which makes it use less power. It only uses about 7MB of RAM when I check Google Android settings > Apps > Running Apps > Show Cached Processes, so it would run quickly on smartphones and tablets with 256MB or less RAM, and a single core CPU slower than 1 GHz.Terminal Launcher is only 277k in size which is less than 1MB, so it also downloads, installs, runs, and uses very little storage space on your storage drive in Android because of its small file size. It works on Google Android 2.2 and up, and works pretty well on Android 4.4 when I use it on my Google Nexus 7 2012 tablet.

If your Google Android device like a laptop, settop box, or desktop does not have a touchscreen, it maybe faster to type out commands like .email to launch the Email app with a physical keyboard in Terminal launcher than using your mouse to click the Chrome shortcut icon on the homescreen, or all apps drawer which is designed for touchscreens, and not traditional desktop devices without touchscreens.

Using Terminal Launcher while playing mobile games may make games load faster, and run more smoothly because the games will have more free ram, and cpu resources to load the game because of Terminal Launcher low resource usage. Terminal Launcher is a good launcher for Google Android devices which are mainly used for one app like a file web server app, file sharing Wifi and Bluetooth app, slide show on a TV, video playback, etc because it uses very little CPU, and RAM, so the power usage is low. I sometimes even use Terminal Launcher when I am browsing the web, so my web browser has more free RAM and CPU resources to use for displaying websites.

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