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My Mom Runs Linux!
« on: September 27, 2016, 05:23:23 AM »
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Re: My Mom Runs Linux!
« Reply #1 on: September 27, 2016, 06:02:04 AM »

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Re: My Mom Runs Linux!
« Reply #2 on: September 27, 2016, 07:07:18 AM »
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Re: My Mom Runs Linux!
« Reply #3 on: September 27, 2016, 07:49:19 AM »
Linux has definitely gotten very close to general-purpose RTM.

I find one of the biggest helps is the greatly improved GUIs.  I know that linux purists see GUIs as crutches, but I can tell you that, as a lifelong Windows user, that crutch can be vital to easing your way into linux.  It's a lot harder to visualize the file directory structure, for example, without being able to take a peek every so often at the GUI to confirm that you are where you think you are.

Linux is definitely something that I would love to see, for example, start becoming an option as the pre-installed OS on some computers from the mainline computer stores, online and brick-n-mortar, labelled carefully, of course, so nobody gets their expectations hurt.  Having a system come with dual boot out of the box would also be fantastic.

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Re: My Mom Runs Linux!
« Reply #4 on: September 27, 2016, 11:22:14 AM »
Linux has definitely gotten very close to general-purpose RTM.

Linux is definitely something that I would love to see, for example, start becoming an option as the pre-installed OS on some computers from the mainline computer stores, online and brick-n-mortar, labelled carefully, of course, so nobody gets their expectations hurt.  Having a system come with dual boot out of the box would also be fantastic.

I have a few dozen of them out there now... I have been setting them up as TV/Media machines - Ubuntu/Unity is pretty nice to use across the room. The choke right now is USB Wireless NICs that work, and getting SAMBA shares to stay put (I have always had big trouble keeping linux and win talking to each other over the LAN)...

But where the TV/media can be stand-alone, and wired NIC can be delivered, I almost default to Linux on the machine. Generally I pick up cheap used boxes for that purpose, which usually have win32 onboard, but are capable of 64bit, so upgrading it with Linux is almost a no brainer, performance wise.

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Re: My Mom Runs Linux!
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2016, 12:06:15 PM »
I have a few dozen of them out there now... I have been setting them up as TV/Media machines - Ubuntu/Unity is pretty nice to use across the room. The choke right now is USB Wireless NICs that work, and getting SAMBA shares to stay put (I have always had big trouble keeping linux and win talking to each other over the LAN)...

But where the TV/media can be stand-alone, and wired NIC can be delivered, I almost default to Linux on the machine. Generally I pick up cheap used boxes for that purpose, which usually have win32 onboard, but are capable of 64bit, so upgrading it with Linux is almost a no brainer, performance wise.

I got one of these network attached storage devices earlier this year (Western Digital MyCloud); it runs on linux, and I have noticed a time or two that getting a Windows machine to talk to it occasionally has a glitch or two.

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Re: My Mom Runs Linux!
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2016, 12:48:40 PM »
I have a few dozen of them out there now... I have been setting them up as TV/Media machines - Ubuntu/Unity is pretty nice to use across the room. The choke right now is USB Wireless NICs that work, and getting SAMBA shares to stay put (I have always had big trouble keeping linux and win talking to each other over the LAN)...

But where the TV/media can be stand-alone, and wired NIC can be delivered, I almost default to Linux on the machine. Generally I pick up cheap used boxes for that purpose, which usually have win32 onboard, but are capable of 64bit, so upgrading it with Linux is almost a no brainer, performance wise.
I have the same problem with win and samba . And some printers you have to dig for drivers that work properly . For media all my tv plays  is what I find on the net which is about anything and send it to chrome cast.
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Re: My Mom Runs Linux!
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2016, 02:16:52 PM »
My mother-in-law is approaching retirement.  Has learned to HATE Windows.  When she was ready to throw out her "old" computer, I recommended that we try Linux Mint 17.  She loves it and refuse to go back for any reason and has started to ask her work, why cant they go to Mint.

My wife who is a TurboTax user for years (thus Windows) has finally decided to back her system up, wipe it and install Mint.  She is even looking at KMyMoney to start managing the checkbook / bills.


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