Sorry but I need to move from fedora to windows 98!
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linux is easier but only if you change your way of thinking.
We're not born thinking the "Microsoft Way", if your uncle hasn't much experience with computers then it will be just as easy/hard for him to learn how to navigate the gnome, KDE or even xfce desktops as is the Windows desktop.
Originally Posted by edo1017
If i do leave linux on, which distro should i put on? i need one that he can get used to quickly.
Something with a long life cycle, perhaps the ubuntu LTS version or one of the RHEL clones. Something whereby security updates will be made available for that particular version for a number of years. You may be able to teach him how to apply security updates, but you don't want to be going round there every three months reinstalling a brand new version of a distro or burden him with that task
Originally Posted by edo1017
I Got It!!!!!!!! Its Runnin Xp!!!!! Thanks For Helpin Me!!!!
Now thats much better, let us hear no more of installing 98.
Just leave fedora 4 on the system. Is your uncle a soon-to-be-windows-power-user? If he's computer illiterate, why would he care whether he was running fc4, win98, osx, solaris, or dos, for that matter.
Is he simply using email, web browsing, msn, and general internet stuff, or does he need the latest and greatest games?
A newborn doesn't care what language he learns, as long as he can communicate, and access to the internet is universal, regardless of language.
EDIT: oops, i see i'm wayyyyy too late on this thread
ive a problem removing my dual boot winxp and fc5 here as i cant seem to use winxp cd to boot it up so i can use it to remove the partitions and reinstall them.
i intend to remove my dual boot config and reinstall everything fresh due to certain reasons and testing.but ive encountered this when i insert my winxp cd.it goes to a black screen freezes there and not moving at all.
any advices on how to remove both and reinstall them?can i use my fc5 installation disk to boot and then remove the partitions as mentioned above?if can how do i perform this task??
If your uncle barely knows how to turn a computer on he most likely wouldn't realise Fedora Core running gnome is any different from Windows. The people that have the most problems with Linux are Windows power users.
That's very true. I read that in that "Linux is Different" article. To a new computer person, they don't know anything about it, so knowing windows or linux isn't going to be that extreme.
People who know Windows all too well get confused more with linux (like me and so many others).
The such questions come up "Why can't I simply install this like windows?" "Why go through all this when windows only performs a few basic steps? "Why go into root?" "Why why why??!?!?"
Someone who doesn't know computers won't get confused about how the different operating systems work, but naturally, they will still wonder if you can do this and that, and why you may not be able to.
As for what distro I recommend, I would recommend MandrivaLinux 2006.
I asked some time ago, and was told Mandrake/Mandriva was quite friendly and easy to use, and when I started using it, I got hooked.
To me anyway, I prefer Mandriva over suse, but maybe that's because I have gotten more use to mandriva and suse seemed a bit confusing. "Why can't suse have the same sort of layout as mandriva?!?!" lol.
Anyway, good luck and hope whatever system you do choose, win or linux, that he can use it pretty well, and it works out.
Lastly, that last joke about suse not being like mandriva is ONLY a joke, so no need to reply stating why.
Last edited by JBailey742; 07-23-2006 at 12:58 PM.
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'getting used to easily' conflicts a bit with the specs. Gnome and KDE are (in my opinion) very similar to Windows. However the specs of the box 'say' that this will be a bit slow (although not unworkable).
I have Slackware running on a K6-III/450 with 128MB. Gnome is a bit slow, but acceptable. A leightweight window manager (I use WindowMaker) performs well.
Why not stick with Fedora? You know it works and you can judge the performance. Maybe update to FC5 as it might be 'supported' a bit longer?
Some (mostly obvious) tips:
Partition the HD properly (seperate home partition), install what is needed and secure the box fully (no unnecessary services running, close ports that are not required).
Create a diskimage on CD after installation and configuration. The latter will make it easy for your uncle (or you ) to restore in case something goes wrong.
Last edited by Wim Sturkenboom; 07-25-2006 at 03:42 AM.