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Re: Linux for Family

  • Subject: Re: Linux for Family
  • From: Kier <vallon@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2005 16:22:19 +0100
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Pipex
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On Sat, 17 Sep 2005 15:52:39 +0100, Roy Schestowitz wrote:

> __/ [rapskat] on Saturday 17 September 2005 11:36 \__
>> On Sat, 17 Sep 2005 01:58:27 -0500, Linux User wrote:
>>> I wanted to switch her to one of the "easier" versions of Linux, but, I
>>> think it is best to keep her with what she already knows and understands.
>>> This is especially the case since she wants her computer "the way it
>>> was".
>> Ultimately, you have to do what is in the user's best interests.  You
>> can't switch a person to Linux just because *you* want them to, it has to
>> be a case where Linux could and would offer the best option for them given
>> the circumstances.
>> If a person is hostile to it from the beginning, then chances are they
>> aren't going to stay with it anyway.  Setting up a dual boot system or at
>> the very least providing them with a LiveCD of some distro would be an
>> option for when their Windows eventually takes a dive.
> Good point. I am tired of trying to convince my mother that she should use
> Ubuntu. No matter if it takes her _days_ to have someone restore her
> machine, she insists on using that same pile of garbage that got her there
> in the first place.

What reasons does she give for this? Is it that she is attached to some
particular piece of software, or just doesn't want the bother of learning
how to use a new system? What Open Source software does she use, if any?

> I should probably get her on the live CD first, which is something I haven't
> thought about until you mentioned it. If I could spare more time, I could
> probably move my entire family to Linux, but sometimes I think that they
> should punish themselves until they learn a lesson or two. They refuse to
> listen.

PCLinuxOS is another good Live CD to try - I gave the latest version a
whirl a few days ago, and was quite impressed by it. Or if you want
something simpler, there's the excellent Slax, or its cousin Klax (it's
not a stable version yet but I've had no problems with it, and it comes
with KDE 3.5 and the latest KOffice Suite which includes Krita, the new
image manipulation program).


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