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Very solid. One other theory I'd heard was that people who need proper PCs instead of tablets now build DIY machines.

Ariel Sommeria

It goes further than that I think: A 5 year old computer can do everything 95% of the population needs: browse the Web and use Office. So why buy a new one if the old one still works?


I agree with Ariel. It's amazing how far old to ancient hardware can take you these days. I regularly use a Pentium IV desktop with 1.8GHz and a Pentium M laptop with 900MHz. (Granted, I use Ubuntu and Lubuntu on those machines.) So I think you could even extend that five-year estimate if you're willing to accept certain limits like Flash videos with only 480p/no full screen!

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