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Old 10-29-2004, 06:19 AM   #1
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Hi Guys,

Ok heres the scenario, my Dad is what I call a PC hobbyist. Hes not very technical in terms of knowing how exactly OS's work, or knowing pecific technologies in depth, doesnt have a computer background etc. He took it up as a hobby years ago and he is big into his hardware, he reads lots of magazines etc. Anywho the point being hes has some skills but not alot. Now hes had it up to his eyeballs with Windows for various reasons mostly the fact that its a horribly unstable system and lots of other problems. I convinced him to try Linux, I showed him Knoppix even just as a visual to say look Linux isnt ugly it can be just as easy to use as windows.

Hes really annoyed with spyware and viruses etc etc so I told him to switch over to Linux as its got a smaller virus popluation (are there any Linux viruses?) and the likes of spyware is non existant (or is it I dont know)?). He said if I set it up for him and he could use it for the basics like email and internet and office stuff then he would consider it. So Im looking at which distros are best for the n00b.

I think TurboLinux F.. looks damn good, has all the functionality (with the multimedia behind it) and has the windows familiarity. Is it just me or is most of that functionality available in other free distros like Mepis. The TurboUpdate facility is pretty cool and it would save me alot of hastle does anyone know if there is a generic too like this for most distros?

Oh and finally can anyone recommend a nice skin for KDE or Gnow that will make it look very similar to windows - I want to ease him into it.

Old 10-29-2004, 06:43 AM   #2
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turbolinux sounds like a great idea, ive never tried it but if you think its right then give it a go.

a good method on easing someone into linux is to make them farmiliar with some apps. install open office ,firefox and thunderbird on his windows pc and have him get used to these applications.

as for a skin. plastik is very similar to windows xp skin, and is build into one of the kde-artwork packages. together with the bliss "grassy hill xp" background you can barely tell the difference


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