Ubuntu Linux on Coconics Enabler Laptop, March 2021

3 year Experience with Coconics Enabler Budget Laptop – a disappointment

My choice for laptop was the Coconics Enabler budget laptop when I embarked on my journey to support “Make in India” products. This was in March 2021, I was looking for a device  was budget-friendly yet deliverd efficient companion for my writing and creative consulting work. Three years down the line, my experience has been a roller-coaster of highs and lows, leading to some crucial learnings about purchasing budget laptops in India. I hope to shed some light on what you can expect from budget laptops like the Coconics Enabler and others in the sub-20,000 INR category.


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Is a computer upgrade Worth the Investment?

When is a computer upgrade worth the investment? I will try and answer this question using the price of electricity. Welcome to the world of technology, where the allure of the latest computer hardware is hard to resist. Promises of enhanced performance and reduced power consumption make upgrading seem like the obvious choice. But, let’s pause and consider the cost implications before we jump on the upgrade bandwagon.


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What are Zone Identifier Files, How to Deal With Them ?

Have you ever wonder what are Zone Identifier files (identified as zone.identifier)? I came across them in the Windows Subsystem for Linux over the past few months. These files can be seen as an overhead, an irritant, or a cause for concern. I first encountered these files when I started using WSL (Ubuntu) on Windows 10. Upon exploring further, it dawned that these files are created when data is synced across different computers and cloud storage, especially for users transitioning from Linux or Mac to Windows. While they can be annoying, there are ways to manage them, such as deleting them or setting up a cron job. Understanding and managing these files is part of the journey for long-time Linux and Mac users returning to the Windows world.


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Can a New User Access Old WhatsApp Messages with the Same Phone Number?

When you change your phone number linked to WhatsApp, can a new user access old WhatsApp messages? WhatsApp has become an integral part of our daily communication, and data privacy is a growing concern for many users. One common question that arises is whether a new user can access old messages if they start using a phone number previously associated with another WhatsApp account. In this blog post, we will explore the factors that may affect access to old messages and discuss the potential implications of such a scenario.


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Notable Forks of Slackware Linux, Oldest Surviving Linux Distro

In this post, we will take a look at some notable forks of Slackware Linux. Recently, I published a post that honoured Slackware Linux, one of the oldest surviving Linux distributions. While Slackware is appreciated by advanced Linux users for its simplicity, stability and adherence to UNIX philosophies, it is often considered as a “Hard to master” distribution for beginners. Possible reasons include its minimalist approach, less out-of-the-box functionality, and limited automated tools compared to modern Linux distributions.


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A quick review of Lubuntu 24.04 Alpha Noble Numbat

In this blog post, we do a quick and short review of Lubuntu 24.04 Alpha. The 24.04 release of Ubuntu is code named Noble Numbat. In this, we delve into the firsthand experience of installing Lubuntu 24.04 Alpha on a modestly equipped laptop. This exploration is not just about the technical process but also a personal journey with the Ubuntu family, particularly Lubuntu, and its lightweight capabilities.


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Downsides of Ubuntu based Linux Distributions

In this blog post, we will explore the downsides of Ubuntu based Linux distributions. that is, distributions that are derived from or use code base of Ubuntu. We will delve into some of the common issues that users face when using Ubuntu-based distributions. We will also discuss the possible solutions to these issues to help users get the best out of their Ubuntu-based systems.


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Bodhi- Lightweight Linux distribution for Older Computers

Bodhi Linux, a lightweight Linux distribution for older computers, is based on Ubuntu that uses the Moksha Desktop Environment. The philosophy behind Bodhi Linux is to provide a minimal base system so that users can install the software they want, making it an ideal choice for older machines with limited resources. In this article, we will cover the key features, history, Moksha Desktop Environment, customization options, and alternatives to Bodhi Linux.


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My favourite Discontinued Linux Distributions

In this post, find a list of my favourite discontinued linux distributions. Linux offers a wide variety of choices when it comes to distributions. Some of these have stood the test of time, while others have been discontinued for various reasons. We will explore some once-popular Linux distributions that are now discontinued. I have tested or used each of the distributions in this blog post at some period of time, typically between 2017 and 2020.


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ZorinOS on MacBook Pro 2012 versus Ubuntu Mate

This blog post details my experience installing ZorinOS on MacBook Pro 2012 versus Ubuntu Mate, including some of challenges faced and how I overcame them. In the world of Linux distributions, ZorinOS stands out as a user-friendly and visually appealing operating system. It’s especially appealing to those transitioning from Windows or macOS, thanks to its familiar interface. Ubuntu Mate is a flavour of Ubuntu that I have come to like and admire.

How do the two compare in terms of ease of installation and configuration, maintenance, updates, and performance? Read below to learn more.


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Upgrade SSD and Install Debian 12 on MacBook Pro 2012

Learn how to upgrade SSD and install Debian 12 on MacBook Pro (Retina, late 2012 laptop) in this blog post. It begins by listing the prerequisites, such as specific types of screwdrivers, a new M.2 SATA SSD, and a USB flash drive. The post then delves into detailed steps for both SSD replacement and Debian Linux installation. The post is part of a series focused on computer upgrades.


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Running Alpine Linux on VPS : A Basic Guide

This blog post offers a comprehensive guide to running Alpine Linux on VPS (Virtual Private Server). It covers the benefits, such as lightweight design and enhanced security features, and the challenges like limited package availability and a steep learning curve. The article also provides practical tips for optimizing performance and security settings, making it a valuable resource for both beginners and seasoned VPS users.


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Managing Cloud storage and backups using Rclone

In this post, let us take a look at Managing Cloud storage and backups using Rclone. With Rclone, you can easily connect to popular cloud storage providers like Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, and many more. It is a powerful command-line program that allows you to manage files on various cloud storage platforms. It is widely used on Linux, Windows, and Mac systems, making it a versatile tool for users across different operating systems.