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[News] Recent Linux Adopter Passes Linux to the Rest of the Family

  • Subject: [News] Recent Linux Adopter Passes Linux to the Rest of the Family
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:06:02 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
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Even YiaYia loves Linux

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| Many people are still in denial that Linux is a viable alternative to Windows 
| on the desktop. I have written numerous posts of my experiments with several 
| Linux distributions and my dumping of Vista. In yet another post, I talked 
| about my plans to switch my parents over to Linux.    


>From the era when young people adopt Linux to the point where it goes
mainstream (grandparents *love* Linux).


A year with Linux on the desktop

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| The kids have been using Linux for years, so they’re happy penguins. I’m a 
| happy penguin. The wife’s laptop is the only remaining Windows machine in the 
| house and it is nearing the end of its life. I’m predicting we’ll be a 
| Windows-free household in just a few months with absolutely no regrets.   



Desktop Adapted for Dad

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| I set my father's computer up with a GNU/Linux operating system. One
| basic feature of Linux is that each user has their own login to the
| system, and normally you do not login to the system as the super-user.
| This limits what my father is able to do on the system as he is not the
| super-user. To my surprise my father was delighted that he was restricted
| in that way, because then he knows that he cannot break the system by
| accident.
| To conclude I would say that my experience with my father and other
| inexperienced computer users convinces me that the modern desktop software
| is not obvious but that with basic training it is very easy to use. I
| firmly believe that anyone can use a computer, but it is essential that
| users have a properly configured desktop suitable for their use, as one
| size does not fit all.


Linux for your grandmother?

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| I’m going with Kubuntu (my favorite desktop) although Opensuse is really nice 
| for newbies to understand. Also, if you are going to try this project please 
| use the OpenDNS servers for DNS so kids don’t end up on the wrong sites.   


The 10 Commandments for Windows Users

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| 1. Thou shalt not use the system without expecting a random reboot
| make sure you back files up, nothing quite like an unexpected reboot caused 
| by windows updates. 
| [...]


Making My Grandparents Leet Linux Users - Part 2

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| Thunderbird, along with Firefox, are overkill for most Grandparents. Simpler 
| applications would be easier to use. Epiphany is a good Firefox replacement, 
| but I am not familiar with any other lighter-weight email clients.  


Cutting the Velvet Chain

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| *Ed does what the "safe mode" help screen tells him to do. He finds and calls 
| the number. 
| *Ed stays on hold for 73 minutes using a toll number because he was told the 
| hold time on the 800 number would be 30. 
| *Ed reaches a tech support agent for his system and is asked a string of 
| questions no casual computer user can answer. 
| *After 49 minutes on the phone with the tech support agent, he is told that 
| his system is broken and he must reinstall. 
| *Ed dutifully holds while he is transferred and then reaches someone who 
| convinces him that Vista is indeed his solution. 
| *Ed dutifully goes to CompUSA to purchase Microsoft Vista.
| *Ed finds a sales person and inquires about Vista.


Making My Grandparents Leet Linux Users - Part 1

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| It was time for a new computer for my Grandparents. Their ancient Windows 98 
| PC had become so slow that it was unusable. The replacement, an inexpensive 
| Acer PC, came with Windows Vista preinstalled. It was up to me to set up the 
| new computer and support it. So I decided to wipe out Vista with a Debian 4 
| base install and set up an easy to use environment for my Grandparents. In 
| this multi-part series I will tell you about how I did it, starting with my 
| reasons for choosing Linux over Vista.      


Grandpa Gets a Dell with Ubuntu Linux Preinstalled

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| I'm very happy with my computer. I feel the price was reasonable, and the 
| service was good. In fact, Dell appears to have gone to the "Scotty school of 
| engineering" -- project how long you expect a project to take, then double 
| the time. Then, when you come in under that time, you look like a whiz.   


Ubuntu for your grandmother.

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| They say its for geeks, they say its for nerds, they say its for those
| whose pinkie finger has the imprint of the enter key tattooed on it. We
| say its for your grandmother ! Yes my friends, I kid you not, for all
| of those who are afraid to dip their little toe into the great Linux-Lake
| let us reassure you : If your grandmother can do it ? So can you. Before
| we start , let me clarify : We are not talking about turning your
| Linux machine into a clustered database server with SQL, PHP, Apache,
| Samba and what have you. We are talking about the advantages of using
| Linux .. as a desktop.


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