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Old 05-26-2004, 02:52 PM   #1
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Easy to use Linux for a student ?

Hope y'all won't rip me to shreds for asking this question..

It's been some time since I went for that myself so it's kind of hard to know what is the king on that market.

See I need this for my brother, he's a student at a university and really not interested in computers. His two computers has been braking down all the time from virusses etc and I had to fix them (and no I didn't intentionally leave out firewalls and virus scanners heh :P ).

I finally convinced him to let one of them be Linux so he could try it out and learn that stability is actually possible.

Now I'm working on getting Suse for him (got impressed by Yast when I took it for a quick spin over a FTP install) But since I lost this download once I want a backup plan. It has to be as easy as possible, he has plenty of work to do and as such he doesn't have the interest or even the time to really learn linux. So, something I can setup rather quick for him so it just works, with some kind of APT, URPMI solution so he can easily install new software he might become interested in.

Any good idea people ? I was thinking about Mandrake or Fedora Core 2, but do they have an extensive easy to use control panel by now ? (last MDK I tried was around 9.1 and FC 1 but I really didn't use Fedora myself).

I really wish for some help here. Hopefully even other linux flavors I haven't given a fair chance yet
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Old 05-26-2004, 03:05 PM   #3
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Try checking out CollegeLinux. It's Slackware based (means stability) and comes with almost everything he'll need; it's ready to play music, movies, OpenOffice, and browse a Windows network. It even has hardware detection (even though it isn't ocmplete yet). Being Slackware-based, though, does mean that GUI configuration tools are somewhat lacking; CL does try hard to fill that though.
Old 05-26-2004, 03:26 PM   #4
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Funny I was thinking about some slack myself (Use that myself, I love it.) but as you say the fancy gui tools are rather hard to spot... And writing some myself ... hmmm Fedora did it... Anyway I'll take a good long look at this college linux stuff

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Old 05-26-2004, 06:15 PM   #5
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The Mandrake Control Center on MDK 10 is quite useful and if you configure the urpmi sources from the Easyurpmi site, he'll have no problems. Its well layed out. Another Mandrake-based distro wot=rth looking at is PCLinuxOS, which is a live-cd that can be installed to hard drive. Its really good (and uses apt-rpm). Textar likes to have things "just work" it seems. Mepis may be a good choice as well. Its constantly improving and is a Debian-based live-cd with a good hard-drive installer. He can update/install/remove with apt through synaptic or kpackage.

Be sure to tell him what kind of printer to buy, if he's gonna be printing his own papers (MostHPs work). Then he won't waste his bucks and your time configuring a hard one.
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I'd go for slackware, it rocks and might have a chance of getting him into computers later on. What's up with these people not into computers anyway? LOL, I spent my college "career" getting people to become interested in computers with gaming, etc. Was pretty successful at getting quite a few into it that wouldn't have been otherwise. But some are impossible, lol.
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But I'm his little brother I'm 16 years. Ever been the younger brother yourself ? There's some unwritten rule that the younger brother won't ever say anything remotely intelligent or useful..

Anyway he's more into history and different languages etc. not really a field where computers are a must. He just wants to write. But beside that, I'd agree with you on slack, if it weren't for just that.

I don't understand people who aren't at least interested either :S


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