If you feel you need this, sure but most can go get a free version like Linux Mint and do this for free.
I don't see the attraction.
I have an old laptop I was going to discard then I saw an ad for this product . It sounded like a good way to re task old computer but I can't find anything about it other than company's web page. Anyone out there know anything about it?
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Yes. It is a simplified version of the Linux operating system, that, when used properly, can run faster on old PCs than Windows does. But, you have to stop running Windows and leave behind everything you learned in Windows, and learn the way to do things on this is system. For most stuff, its easy. You may get stuck where you need tech support, which they offer.
For people that only use their laptop for web browsing, word and media player, i guess a simplified Linux would be easy enough to learn.
So you would be paying $25 for a USB stick with pre-configured OS and tech support. That seems like a fair deal... if it turns out the distro doesn't support your favorite web page, doesn't work with your printer (bubblejet printers are the biggest ripoff in tech IMHO, but I still use them) and the tech support doesn't help you -- you would still only be down $25.
So I would say, NOT a scam. It's plausible.
Why would I buy your bridge when I could build my own?
That's all Xtra-PC is. A pre-built install of Linux. Some folks don't want or know how to install Linux from scratch. In that case I don't see Xtra-PC as a rip-off. What I don't like is the misleading way it's being promoted as a fix for old slow computers.
I noted folk to try Live OSes years ago at http://tips.oncomputers.info/archives2004/0401/2004-Jan-11.htm and never asked anyone to install Linux from scratch.
Xtra PC is not a good deal.
Being a complete noob at anything that has to do with computers, except using them, this product worked very well for me.
Have been thinking for a year+ to get Linux OS on an older laptop - only used for some browser games played in the house - but just never could get to 'getting it done'. However, having been 'forced' to update to Windows 10, the old laptop just became unbearably slow.
Hence, I bought the XTRA-PC thingy as a last ditch resort.
$25 + $10 shipping to the Netherlands.
Was shipped next day and arrived in 1 week.
Flawless order processing and shipping.
Install also easy.
It basically offers a ready-to-go (I think 4 or 5 clicks total) worry free Linux (Ubuntu) install for noobs like me.
Just had to get rid of the standard Firefox browser, which was extremely bothersome. Installed Maxthon for Linux instead.
The old laptop now is again capable of running 2-3 screens simultaneously at a good speed, enabling to enjoy the games, which had become impossible in Windows 10.
This is just a free ubuntu/linux on a cheap and crappy usb stick.
I'll make one for free or just do it yourself.
Even the most " noobskilled noob" with no basic training with computers can do this
( within an hour.!!!!!)
E.g. 5 clicks away; https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows
But it it still doesn't do what' s advertised. It doesnt't make anything faster, it's not an extra pc, it alone cannot even boot, if your old pc has hardware problems , your extra pc on an usb stick has the exact same problems.
Soo it's a scam. Sew them for every penny.
This is a 2 cent message from your local support guy! Free of charge!
I liked the idea and bought two versions and up until now tried out one of them. It was really easy to install, and I was quite happy until I realised, that it only has English languages and only English keyboard options.
A bit narrow minded to say the least, and to ship it to Europe with her dozens of different languages and keyboard layouts is ridiculous.
I suppose they vote Trump too... Good luck, USA. You are going to need it.
It is not completely true, that only English is supported. I went to the Xtra-pc to complain, but found what I needed on their FAQ-page.
It is possible to get all the language support that other Linux-systems had, it is just not obvious in the enclosed material. A minimal instruction here would have saved Xtra-PC for at least my negative reaction.
I am in an immediate crisis since both my Windows and my harddisk have become unreliable and I am going abroad and this laptop is the only one I have just now, so I have to get something working fast. It seems Xtra-PC actually can do what I need now. I have actually been wanting to switch to Linux for many years, but my perseverance wasn't strong enough for the initial resistance agains learning something new. Now when I have to and Windows is not there to tempt me back, I actually think I am going to make it "over the bridge". So even though any USB-stick with any Linux is technically just as good, it seems it took Xtra-pc for me to do it.
I ordered this usb of fraud on OCT 11th 2016.
RECEIVED in Greece on OCT 27th 2016
It was not working (no way to boot an ASUS Eee1015BX, windows 7with that) and asked for help immediately on their'''' support'''' department.
They left me with absolutely not support until Nov 8th 2016, even if I asked for help 2 more times in between. Then someone named GARY HODSON just close my case AND DELETE OUR CONVERSATION without any support.
HE just told me to search in google for help and that this usb works on most... computers newer than 2004
He closed my case, as I can't send this fraud usb back until Nov 11th, no more
He must receive it back at most 30 days from the day of order no matter where you live.
THEY ARE THE DEFINITION OF FRAUDSTER AND I'LL DO MY BEST TO LET PEOPLE KNOW MY CASE AND GET BACK MY MONEY