You might have heard about PIXEL, the new Raspberry Pi desktop environment, that comes as part of the Raspbian Jessie operating system. Basically it offers a slick, new user interface to the low-spec hobbyist mini-computer, and the results are stunning.
Given the spec of the Raspberry Pi (we’re talking ARM processors without much RAM and no hard disk drive) it would be rather great if this OS could be ported to Intel and AMD 32-bit and 64-bit processors, to pump some new life into older PCs, wouldn’t it?
Well, as fortune would have it, this is exactly what has happened. The Raspberry Pi team has released a version of PIXEL for x86 and x64 computers, which means that there is a good chance that your old, low spec PC or laptop could be persuaded to run, and run well.
Clean and Modern
The Raspberry Pi Foundation was formed with a vision that “everyone should be able to afford their own programmable general-purpose computer.” The provision of this operating system for free beyond the confines of the $35 Raspberry Pi computer, proves just how much faith the developers have in it.
Delivering a clean and modern — not to mention quick — user experience, PIXEL isn’t just a great way to revive some old hardware: it’s pleasing, too.
What Old PCs Will PIXEL Run On?
It isn’t just any old PCs that PIXEL will run on. At the same time, it probably isn’t all. Your mileage may vary, but in short, if your computer will run Debian, then it should run PIXEL.