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[News] Linux Advantages and That Age/Gender Stereotype

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[This one might be a bit sexist, but FWIW:]

Chicks Love Linux 

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| Linda ended up buying an ASUS mini running Linux out of the box and loved it.
| “Not only is it ultra portable, but with Linux installed I ended my days 
| dealing with idiotic messages, XP warnings, and security settings galore,” 
| says Linda. Proof that Linux is going to benefit anyone trying to get away 
| from the Windows related issues.   


Linux Installation Guide: So easy, even your grandmother could do it!

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| To download the multimedia codecs installer I mentioned in the guide, right 
| click this link and click “Save Link As,” and make sure to save it to the 
| desktop. If anyone is worried about copyright stuff, lets just say its 
| licensed under the GPL.   



Grandmom’s Guide to the Asus Eee PC

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| Addendum: When my granddaughter saw that ASUS was now selling in the
| Philippines she wants one…


Babies, grandmas and Linux

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| The bonus was the tech-savvy grandson was no longer dealing with Windows
| support issues. Instead, Grandma now lets him know about any issues (like the
| time the bootup selection somehow served up the text mode :0), and he can
| more efficiently handle them with his own Linux know-how and machine.


To Market, To Market

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| On the other end of the spectrum, there's the call for the
| ubiquitous "Desktop"--the be-all, end-all interface that everyone, including
| our grandmothers, can use instead of the hated Windows products.



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.  


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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