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    Default Planning on giving someone I know linux as their new primary OS

    So once again I am faced with opportunity to introduce someone to linux.
    You see my dad has this friend, hes not too tech savvy and when his desktop had an issue I elected to repair it.
    In my initial boot of his desktop it was not booting into the hard disk nor even recognizing it.
    BIOS came up fine (which is good as BIOS errors are usually only fixable by actual pros not by folks like me who have no training in fixing a BIOS)
    I used my linux recovery thumbdrive to access it and turns out that SMART was reporting a dead disk drive.
    So I gave him my old hard disk drive (just as big has his dead one, but a little older yet still functioning)
    Now I gave him the option to recover windows 7, I have professional and he had home premium and I offered to give him a copy of win7 if he wanted me to buy it
    He said to skip it once I said the cost of a windows 7 install disk or its licence.
    Then he asked what could I do to help him get his computer to do anything again and I suggested linux.
    Of course he never heard of it but I said that if he knows what an android is then he techically knows what linux is.
    I said it was free and could do practically everything windows can and he said do it.
    So came to the question of what distro to give him, knowing what kind of person he is a knew I needed something dead simple.
    After giving some debate I think I found his distro... drumroll please....


    Ubuntu 13.10

    I know, I know not the ideal choice but it seems to be the most logical for the range of this persons limited computing technique it seems the best route.
    I could have gone the mint or zorin route but both have some delays in their versions being based off ubuntu.
    No Ubuntu's predictable upgrade cycle and the next version being LTS it would make their user experience upgrading to it better for this kind of user.
    The no fus no muss style of Ubuntus upgrader is the key element in my decision.
    If this person was a little more tech savvy I would have given them something else but this person has only really used windows 7 at the age of 55 my decision seems to be the right call.
    Plus based on my own experience with my parents knowing how non tech savvy they were when I shown them linux I feel my call was right in this case.

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    Default Re: Planning on giving someone I know linux as their new primary OS

    On Tue 18 Feb 2014 11:56:01 PM CST, MadmanRB wrote:


    So once again I am faced with opportunity to introduce someone to linux.
    You see my dad has this friend, hes not too tech savvy and when his
    desktop had an issue I elected to repair it.
    In my initial boot of his desktop it was not booting into the hard disk
    nor even recognizing it.
    BIOS came up fine (which is good as BIOS errors are usually only fixable
    by actual pros not by folks like me who have no training in fixing a
    BIOS)
    I used my linux recovery thumbdrive to access it and turns out that
    SMART was reporting a dead disk drive.
    So I gave him my old hard disk drive (just as big has his dead one, but
    a little older yet still functioning)
    Now I gave him the option to recover windows 7, I have professional and
    he had home premium and I offered to give him a copy of win7 if he
    wanted me to buy it
    He said to skip it once I said the cost of a windows 7 install disk or
    its licence.
    Then he asked what could I do to help him get his computer to do
    anything again and I suggested linux.
    Of course he never heard of it but I said that if he knows what an
    android is then he techically knows what linux is.
    I said it was free and could do practically everything windows can and
    he said do it.
    So came to the question of what distro to give him, knowing what kind of
    person he is a knew I needed something dead simple.
    After giving some debate I think I found his distro... drumroll
    please....


    Ubuntu 13.10

    I know, I know not the ideal choice but it seems to be the most logical
    for the range of this persons limited computing technique it seems the
    best route.
    I could have gone the mint or zorin route but both have some delays in
    their versions being based off ubuntu.
    No Ubuntu's predictable upgrade cycle and the next version being LTS it
    would make their user experience upgrading to it better for this kind of
    user.
    The no fus no muss style of Ubuntus upgrader is the key element in my
    decision.
    If this person was a little more tech savvy I would have given them
    something else but this person has only really used windows 7 at the age
    of 55 my decision seems to be the right call.
    Plus based on my own experience with my parents knowing how non tech
    savvy they were when I shown them linux I feel my call was right in this
    case.


    Hi
    You can download the windows OEM 7 DVD, then there is a tool to unlock
    them so you can install any version.... Google on digital river+DELL (I
    think I've posted on the forum about this before).

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    Default Re: Planning on giving someone I know linux as their new primary OS

    If his computer had a version of windows, you can re-install it and use the product key from his machine. But then you will need to activate it, (I usually do it by phone) and windows will basically re-licence you with a different code.

    I have put 3 different people on Linux this week and in all cases used Mint 13 (Mate and XFCE)
    If you use Mint 13, post install you need to disable the Medibuntu source.
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    Default Re: Planning on giving someone I know linux as their new primary OS

    I think the issue is not distro but desktop. I have just given an XP user xfce with KDE Kontact for email because that was the easiest way of importing all his emails from Outlook Express. He likes Kmail and also the general look of xfce but dislikes GTK. I have given someone with slight eyesight difficulties KDE because it is so much better for anyone who has difficulties seeing the screen; the downside is the complexity of KDE and I had to give a whistlestop tour of the basics with the expectation that I will have to go back to explain other things in due course.

    But both are getting on with using their new Linux desktops.

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    Default Re: Planning on giving someone I know linux as their new primary OS

    I'd try something more familiar to someone coming from XP/W7. Unity is very different (if that's what is still used, there's been some time since I experimented with it). From what I read Mint seems like a good choice.

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    Default Re: Planning on giving someone I know linux as their new primary OS

    So, did you make it? Did you introduced that person to Linux? I'm thinking about it, too (my mom is the target). Just want to know how it goes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dorothea17 View Post
    So, did you make it? Did you introduced that person to Linux? I'm thinking about it, too (my mom is the target). Just want to know how it goes
    Yeah so far so good.
    Ubuntu seems to be doing fine, unity just takes a bit to get used to.

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    Default Re: Planning on giving someone I know linux as their new primary OS

    Congrats Madman, yet again.

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    Thanks, seems that Ubuntu is my go to distro for getting people to use linux recently but hey I will move them on when they are ready.

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    Default Re: Planning on giving someone I know linux as their new primary OS

    I find Unity is not all that bad of an environment to get used to. Chances are once 14.04 LTS comes out you'll want to upgrade to that and leave it until the next LTS comes out (16.04) so he can get comfortable using it. My family desktop runs LTS-to-LTS releases unless I find a significant reason to upgrade in-between but that hasn't happened since 9.10.

    When I was converting my wife from Windows to Linux I started by changing the applications she used to open source ones I planned on installing in Linux (Firefox, Thunderbird, etc.). It made the transition easier. If you think there is any chance of changing from Ubuntu/Unity to another distro/desktop environment you may want to make sure he gets used to applications that can be installed wherever (even Windows and Mac!).
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