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[News] Desktop GNU/Linux Easy, Good Stuff for All Generations

  • Subject: [News] Desktop GNU/Linux Easy, Good Stuff for All Generations
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 06 Nov 2009 00:28:12 +0000
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Linux for grandma & grandpa

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| And thinking of practical, once Grandpa has a 
| Linux desktop, you'll be able to spend your 
| weekend with him watching football instead of 
| updating his AVG or cleaning out malware. I 
| don't know about you, but I know which way I 
| prefer to spend my weekends!


Linux Outlaws 120 - The Brown Mod

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| This week on Linux Outlaws: Dan & Fab discuss 
| all the recent F/OSS news such as Skype open-
| sourcing their Linux client, Microsoft opening 
| the PST format, Apple dropping ZFS, open source 
| e-voting and they also interview Popey from the 
| Ubuntu UK Podcast about Karmic Koala and why he 
| loves the Satanic Edition so much.



Linux for your grandmother?

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| Iâm 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 donât 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.  


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.


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.

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