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Postby garrincha » 2007-04-30 17:43

I tried Vector Linux a couple of weeks ago. It seem quite newbie friendly - the LiveCD with option of installing to HDD.
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Postby ghostdawg » 2007-04-30 19:24

I understand what some are saying, but I would need to install something very simple/easy for the end users.

I'm just offering to install linux because they either don't want to buy Windows or expect me to have a copy to install. Most of these folk are in the low income bracket.

I really don't expect to be their tech person but I probably will at the early stage of installing it. The kids will know more about computers then the parents, and they're gonna expect windows from using it at school and over friends houses.
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Postby GMouse » 2007-04-30 20:03

ghostdawg wrote:The kids will know more about computers then the parents, and they're gonna expect windows from using it at school and over friends houses.


Pardon, but I'm not entirely sure what you're getting at with that statement.
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Postby DeanLinkous » 2007-04-30 20:06

pirated copy of windows then....
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Postby e1even1 » 2007-04-30 20:20

ghostdawg wrote:I really don't expect to be their tech person but I probably will at the early stage of installing it.


if you do this, then these people will think they own you forever unless you charge them.

if these people have your phone number or address then you will belong to them. and if they move out of your service area it may not be easy for them to find a replacement for you if they're running linux.

you lose and they lose.
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Postby GMouse » 2007-04-30 20:28

Be sure they understand that they're getting an "alternative" to Windows, not some cut-rate "replacement". We don't want them expecting it to be working like Windows. They shouldn't expect you to provide them with an OS (Windows or otherwise) but rather to facilitate their selection and installation of one. That is, you install it, but they feel that they own it, rather than you providing it. That Linux is free is nice, but non-essential.
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Postby thamarok » 2007-04-30 20:28

DeanLinkous wrote:pirated copy of windows then....
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Postby ghostdawg » 2007-04-30 20:59

I used to install my copy of Windows on others computer but I stopped, that's illegal, :roll:

I would rather install Linux, to help promote it, since they have the choice either buy windows or use an alternative. They won't own me, and I will charge a fee for my services if it comes to it. :lol:

I will and did explain that linux is not windows and don't expect it to work like windows.

About the kids statement, if you read all my posts, maybe it will come to u on what I mean.
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Postby jml » 2007-05-03 02:10

ghostdawg, I applaud your decision not to use a pirated copy of Windows. Besides being illegal, its really an inferior product. :mrgreen: I initially missed the part where you said that the computer will not have internet access. In that case I would defintely recomend Mint Linux. Its a single CD distro (at least the Gnome version is) and it includes all of the propriatary codecs on that disc. Out of the box it plays MP3's, encrypted DVD's, and t has all of the usual browser plugin's if they do get on line. The one trade-off is Linux Mint does not have many games included on the disk. Now if it were possible to do the actual install from a location that did have high speed internet access, then I would still recommend Debian Etch with propriatary codecs and apps installed as well. Once you set Debian up, it really is as user friendly as other distros.

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Postby ghostdawg » 2007-05-03 23:32

Thanks for all the replies. I think for now I'm going to go with Mint. I just installed it on an extra partition and will be testing it out to see how exactly it works.

So far so good, everything seems to be working out the box, all codecs, flash, java & whatnots.

I noticed on Synaptic it show a message about upgrading to Ubuntu's fiesty fawn but after going to Mint's website, there is a sticky about not upgrading to fiesty, it will seriously break it. They say to wait for the new Mint release.

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Postby seshomaru » 2007-05-04 03:11

I found PuppyLinux to be quite friendly
It takes about 4 minutes to install.
It is super fast , has most of the codecs (not sure if all of them), and if you add Open Office (comes with Abi) and Firefox (it comes with something else, I forgot) you are all set for most people.
It really depends on what they want to do . If they just want to Firefox/email/edit-some-pictures/msn then Puppy is ideal.
If they want to sync their ipods , connect to printers, share files with XP, listed to FLAC files ,use Asian languages, watch VCD's and things like that ,then you better set Etch for them.
I can't see why an Ubuntu/Mint will be easier (and I'm an Ubuntu user) if you set Etch with all the codecs, find printer drivers for them and install all needed applications .
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