Linked by Nathan J. Hill on Tue 24th Oct 2006 10:43 UTC
Linspire In the midst of the busy semester here at school, my fiancee's laptop, running Windows XP SP2, picked up some friends - adware, trojans, etc. It was a pretty nasty sight. I worked on it for at least two hours every couple of days, wiping it clean, doing my best to lock it down, and so on. Avast! and Ad-Aware had their limits it seemed, for only a day or so after I cleaned it, pop-ups and weird stuff would show up again. She was getting sick of it. I was getting sick of cleaning it, so I suggested, offhand, installing a different operating system that is a bit more impervious to those nasties. To my surprise, she agreed.
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Just the user Linux needs to win over.
by Gone fishing on Tue 24th Oct 2006 16:48 UTC
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The author looks like just the kind of PC user Linux needs to win over if it is to gain a significant proportion of desktop users. It's no use blaming the author for not having enough knowledge, skill etc., he had enough to attempt to partition the drive and install.

Obviously he wants the experience to be quite like Windows because that's what he and his girl friend are used to (although I'm sure he would have coped with Gnome). I suspect that Freespire wasn't a good choice, and am a little surprised that Ubuntu wasn't up to the task.

Slickness polish and just plain working as it should - is important. You cant expect the dissatisfied Windows user to be able to use a terminal and be comfortable configuring his new Linux box with a text editor.

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