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Do you want to make your Mac or PC faster with the Xtra PC “miracle”? You found the USB stick for € 31,12 on a website and now think you can use it to buy a new one, repair it or something similar? Well, then we unfortunately have to disenchant you. Because Xtra-PC, the USB stick that computer manufacturers and computer stores supposedly hate, is simply a Linux boot stick. This means that a Linux operating system is started from the stick. This has advantages, but also some disadvantages. Here you can find out more - including how you can build the Xtra-PC yourself for free.
Both on the Xtra PC shop page from the USA and via affiliate advertisers from Germany you can easily find content in which the USB stick with free Linux distribution is presented as “miracles” and “magic”. Some German sites also report nameless testers who are enthusiastic. In addition, nameless retailers from computer shops with no name or location are quoted, who will "lose millions" but "admit" that "this product can save consumers a lot of money".
It borders on fraud, what is deducted with Xtra-PC and the promotion of the USB sticks. Because of course it does not replace any new hardware (CPU, graphics card, hard drive, mainboard or anything else). It only serves as a storage medium from which an operating system is started that works a little more efficiently than Windows. And this is important to know: you don't get Windows, and with it you lose the ability to run Windows apps, play most video games, and the like. Retrieving e-mails, using a web browser, listening to music, watching films, etc. is of course also possible under Linux.
The question naturally arises: Is Xtra-PC a fraud or just an exuberantly presented service? When it comes to the pure offer of a preset boot stick for Linux, then the offer is okay. With regard to the promotion of the product as well as some (also and above all German) affiliate sites on the topic, one can speak of deception. It is exaggerated, presumably lied with regard to the statements of users and experts, and the like. The attempt is obviously being made here to dupe a technically unenlightened target group.
If you look around in the US shop of Xtra-PC, the three versions with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB memory are offered for sale there. If you search the start page, the “How it Works” page and the FAQ page, you will only find the word “Linux” once; the distribution name "Lubuntu" does not appear at all. It does show that it is bypassing Windows and running an alternate operating system. However, the cloak of silence is wrapped about the sometimes massive differences and restrictions or changes that this entails. So is Xtra-PC fake? Not quite. Is Xtra-PC a scam? Just over there.
If you know what Linux is and if you want to equip an old PC or Mac with standard tools for the virtual world, then you can make an Xtra-PC stick yourself. It costs less or - if you have a USB stick with 16GB, 32GB, 64GB or more lying around - free of charge. Just like the product described above for ignorant people who could fall for technical magic solutions, the stick with its own memory means that it can also be used on computers and laptops without a hard drive.
Lubuntu is a lean, resource-saving and easy-to-use Linux distribution with visual similarities to Windows. There are versions for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. There is also a PowerPC version for old Apple computers and a version for Raspberry Pi 2 and 3. The download for your Mac or PC is completely free here: https://lubuntu.net/downloads/
On the Windows PC you can use the free Rufus program to mount Lubuntu on your USB stick. The Etcher app, which is also available for Windows and Linux, is ideal for this on the Apple Mac with macOS. Both programs ensure that your USB stick and the downloaded Lubuntu version are merged into a boot stick.
And that is exactly the third of three simple steps with which you can build your own Xtra-PC cheaply or for free. Insert the USB stick, start Rufus or Etcher, set the necessary parameters (or leave them on the default settings) and install a fully functional operating system on the mobile memory. To use it on the Mac, hold down the Option key (Alt) and then select the stick as the start medium in the Startup Manager.
You can't make a computer faster or better with an Xtra PC or other Lubuntu boot stick. All that is running is a slim OS that uses the built-in hardware components a little more efficiently. In addition, nothing changes in the outdated version of Windows or Mac OS X. Nevertheless: If you only want to surf the web, write and receive e-mails, watch pictures, videos and films, listen to music and indulge in word processing, you can also use Linux befriend.
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.
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