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Old 06-19-2005, 03:51 PM   #1
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Talking Getting parents used to Linux?


How can I get my parents to get used to Linux so I can just totally use Linux only? (Windows is a pain for me to petition, I always can never get it to do what I wanted.)
 
Old 06-19-2005, 03:54 PM   #2
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depends... what do your parents normally do on the computer (in windows)?? what apps do they use??

are they already trying linux or are you making a plan for when you let them try it??


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Old 06-19-2005, 03:55 PM   #3
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It's related to Linux, but not technical, so better forum for your question is General. I'm moving the thread.

I don't know the age of your parents. It matters. We can probably assume that they want their computer to do its work: web, mail etc. Identyify the things they need to have done, find nice Linux programs and show them.

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Old 06-19-2005, 04:00 PM   #4
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OK, they mainly look at international news (they are Romanian) or my dad looks at Copart.com and my mom looks at foodtv.com looking for various recipes. Pretty much just web and mail.
 
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by "mail" you mean web-based mail?? or like pop3 mail accessed with Outlook/Eudora??

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Old 06-19-2005, 04:04 PM   #6
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BTW, what's your hardware specs?? how much experience do you have with Linux??

 
Old 06-19-2005, 04:39 PM   #7
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I have very little, want to really get into it.


Yes, web based mail.


I've got a Intel Pentium 4 3.4Ghz, 1GB DDRAM, 250GB SATA HDD (one I cannot for the life of me partition)
 
Old 06-19-2005, 04:51 PM   #8
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okay so it seems all your parents would basically need is firefox with the flash plugin... any distro would do and for them as users pretty much any distro would give the same effect... but for you as the system administrator you'll wanna make sure you choose a distro you feel comfortable with... i suggest you try mandriva or suse with the KDE desktop environment maybe... you'll wanna start off dual-booting both linux and windows until you become more aquainted with linux... maybe you shouldn't set an account for them in linux until after you've dabbled with it for at least a few weeks and have gotten a feel for the basics...

let me know if you have any specific questions... good luck...


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Old 06-19-2005, 05:01 PM   #9
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are you saying you only have 1 pc in the house? You can get an inexpensive PC for your own. If I lived at home I wouldnt try and put Linux on my mothers pc.
 
Old 06-19-2005, 05:16 PM   #10
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Unless you have absolute newest hardware, and a Wlan, you should have no problem.

Linux can even look like windows (with Linspire, etc.). I think it's dumb that people don't use Linux. Linux can handle everything that a standard user wants to do day-to-day. E-mail, Word processors and internet access are super easy on linux and as good as on Windows.

The problem with getting people to switch is that they have to learn a few new names. I suggest that you learn Linux and then make it easy for your parents.

Or, if you have some computer knowledge, you could do like someone else was suggesting: make your own computer. You can do it for $200 US, and Linux makes it cheap. Alternatively, you can get a computer from the US Wal~Marts that costs $300 and comes with linux or no OS. I think that you can order them online if youre not a US resident.

My main point is that you should learn how to use Linux throurally and become an admin for your computer. That way, you can make life easy for your parents (and yourself).
 
Old 06-20-2005, 12:11 AM   #11
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Have you tried showing them a live cd first? Knoppix makes a nice impression with its outstanding hardware detection and the KD environment.
Oh, and
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they are Romanian
So am I, maybe I could talk them in
 
Old 06-20-2005, 01:39 AM   #12
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I had my dad using my linux desktop cause my brother always had problems with windows, and my laptop runs windows but is not connected to the internet, so basically i've gotten my father using firefox and opening konqueror several times now, even by himself a couple of times. My mother is a little bit more into computers so i don't think the switch is going to be too hard on her. I do think that the only way to get them to use, is to use Linux only. Redundant huh?
 
Old 06-20-2005, 02:18 AM   #13
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You can do it for $200 US, and Linux makes it cheap. Alternatively, you can get a computer from the US Wal~Marts that costs $300 and comes with linux or no OS.
Why not give a second hand computer a new life, with a Linux installation? Even cheaper!
 
Old 06-20-2005, 01:40 PM   #14
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Ok well I have a wireless network in my house (1 other computer on the other sidfe of my house, it's a guest's) and I am planning to use Fedora Core 4. I think I'm gonna pop in the live Knoppix CD after I get a few of the FC4 cd's downloaded. I have tried partitioning my HDD but I can't I don't even understand why.
 
  


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