I’ve been getting quite a bit of utility from the HP laptop I refurbished and installed Linux MINT. Unlike my last ventures trying to make a Linux laptop work for my consulting environment, I’m actually making good progress. I have Hamachi and Sonicwall VPN working with it. I have remote desktop access to all my clients’ servers using Remmina. Thunderbird mail is working very well. Installed Chromium after slamming my fist down every time I had to wait for Firefox to load something. Chromium is a memory hog, but is so much faster than Firefox. The MATE environment is snappy and useful. The Linux desktop world has made so many good changes since the last time I tried this. To help out even more, I bought a 2GB memory upgrade on eBay for $15 and installed it today. With 4GB, the laptop is flying.