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Old 10-11-2009, 07:24 AM   #1
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how should I help my n00b friend develop Linux skills so she can use Linux soon?

Hey everyone

I have this friend of mine who is constantly complaining about how her laptop and PC are always slow and crashing etc.... I highly suspect it is because she is running Windows on a slow machine. I want to introduce her to linux and help her get a copy of Ubuntu installed on her system. I figure that this might help her problem and her computers might start to act normal again. The issue is: she is a n00b when it comes to working with computers. What steps do you think I should take to prepare her for moving to Linux? Any tutorials she should read or what not? I mean she knows enough how to get around on Windows to get her work done, but she is not really tech savvy. All advice will be GREATLY appreciated!
Old 10-11-2009, 07:27 AM   #2
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I would suggest to install ubuntu as dual boot.
Let her use it, and go from there.
Other options are a liveCD or run linux in a virtual machine.
The best way to learn linux is to use it.

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Old 10-11-2009, 07:42 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by asilentmurmur View Post
What steps do you think I should take to prepare her for moving to Linux?
Well the real question is. What does she do with her windows system? From there is where you should probably start teaching her. For example. Say she only goes on their checks email, browse the web and maybe some word processing. then there isn't much to teach her. Just how to do a basic install and a little bit about how to manage software. Learning how to use email and web browsing doesn't take much. If thats its then basic Linux skill should come over time

Hope this helps you

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Old 10-11-2009, 08:19 AM   #4
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Hello together,

I dont't think that ubuntu is a good choice in that case. In my opinion it would be necessary for you to install a useable desktopsystem with the distribution you're most familiar with.
As jmc1987 pointed out, look at what she does with her Windows-system and create the Linux-desktop in an adequate manner.
If she uses the Linux-machine and it turns out that she wants to learn more about Linux you can go further with tutorials to read and so on.
Be sure that you do all the system-administration for your friends computer.
I'm running Gentoo and Slackware both as desktopsystems with OpenOffice, Firefox and Thunderbird, a Network-Printer, Scanner and all the nice features that a Windowsuser likes to have working.
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Also Ubuntu is one of the heavier distros. If she is have issues with crash etc you may want to find a lighter distro.

Ubuntu system requirements

So I sure you understand these requirements and if not feel free to ask.

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Old 10-11-2009, 09:31 AM   #6
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SLAX is a slim clean looking distro with an excellent community around it, that she could run from a USB stick. As jmc1987 pointed out be aware of system requirements of the distro you choose, you want her to have a great user experience. Another thought, as much fun as it is to blame Windows for why her computer is lagging, you may want to make sure it is not a hardware issue.

A quote I heard Shawn Powers said something like "teach them concepts not software" The meaning I took from it was teach the concept of word processing and people will be able to use any word processor. So if you friend already understand those "concepts" (word processor, browser,email) in Windows she really should be able to transition to basic Linux use and with a little help from you to understand what is new to her.

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The internet is a good source for guides, howto and just plain information that will aid in the endeavor. You can look at the 'Tutorial' section to find a few aids that I recommend. Don't forget about 'LQ' since there are loads of information on the site. You could recommend to her the use of the site as a member.

Just a few links to aid you;

Linux Documentation Project
Rute Tutorial & Exposition
Linux Command Guide
Linux Newbie Admin Guide
Getting Started with Linux
Advanced Bash-Scripting Guide

These links and others can be found at 'Slackware-Links'. More than just SlackwareŽ links!


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