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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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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How to Monitor Health of Disk Drives in Linux

In order to ensure good health of the computer system, disk monitoring plays an important role. This practice enables the observation of disk usage patterns, thus facilitating the identification and prevention of potential failures. Within the Linux ecosystem, built-in and third-party options, can be used for efficient and effective disk monitoring. In this post, we will explore the smartmontools utility, and how it can ensure the continued good health of your disk.


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My Journey with Raspberry Pi and Linux

This blog post lists my experience with Raspberry Pi and Linux for content creation. In particular, we focus on the Raspberry Pi 3B in 2016 and 17, and the Raspberry Pi 4 from 2019 to 2021. I discuss my fascination with Raspberry Pi and ARM-based single board computers, emphasizing their form factor, functionality, supportive communities, and number of options of operating systems that make them suitable for everyday use.

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How Linux Revived 2012 Macbook Pro Retina

In this blog post, I discuss how Linux revived 2012 Macbook Pro Retina. This was a laptop that served as my workhorse for some years. My computer was the Late 2012, 13.3 inch model with 8 GB RAM. MacOs had stopped supporting this computer in terms of OS upgrades, and it was time to look for an alternative operating system. I consider Linux as a a viable alternative, alongwith the advantages of using Linux to extend the lifespan of aging computers. The post explores recommended Linux distributions for the late MacBook Pro 2012 Retina, along with their pros and cons.

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Linux on Coconics Enabler Laptop – Passable machine with low specs

In May and June 2021, I consolidated the data and upgraded the old computers in the household. I also upgraded the computers during this process. This post covers the upgrade to the disk on the Coconics enabler laptop. And the performance checks I conducted using the hdparm command. This test is one of the useful tests to check disk speeds and performance. The following summarizes my testing from that period and some modifications I made. This post was updated and archived in March 2024.