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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by NathanHill on Tue 24th Oct 2006 12:42 UTC
NathanHill
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2006-10-06

I'd love to answer specific questions and have some feedback with everyone.

I should say, just to give a little more background, I am a longtime Linux user. I am currently running XUbuntu on my ol' Powerbook G3 Pismo. I love it. Good OS. I also run Damn Small Linux in Virtual PC on my Powerbook G4 for fun and curiosity.

I did get SCIM running in Ubuntu, which is the second OS we tried once I gave up on FreeSpire. I remember, after getting the stuff, I still had to add some definitions in the session files by hand to get it working properly... and then, it would not work in OpenOffice anyway, so the point was lost. My fiancee was able to use Ubuntu for a while though to send emails and do some basic things, and she digged it. I really don't think there are many basic functionality differences in Ubuntu or Windows or Mac OS.

The challenge, I think, is for one of these distros to really solidify what is core functionality, and I think input managers are core. It just works on Mac OS X and Windows - no need to install other software. That's a big plus in my book.

And the biggest reason I chose FreeSpire was because, at least I thought anyway, it was intended to be a more user-friendly Linux, a Linux that didn't need to have a lot of configuration just to work. This little project was over the course of the weekend, and there were assignments due. So, the longer configuration and setup took, the more frustrated my fiancee would get. I was working on a deadline. ;)

Peace,
Nathan

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RE: Author here.
by twenex on Tue 24th Oct 2006 15:01 in reply to "Author here."
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

Whether they should be easier to install is a different question, but although I think all OSes should be available to as many people in their native language(s) as possible, I really can't see the point of installing support for Finnish, Russian, Georgian, Armenian, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and so on ad infinitum on the desktops of the 95% of British, American, Western European, and South American users who just aren't going to have much use for them, by default.

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RE: Author here.
by AdamW on Tue 24th Oct 2006 20:07 in reply to "Author here."
AdamW Member since:
2005-07-06

I can't speak for any other distro, but if you install Mandriva and pick a language that needs a specialized input method as the primary language (including Korean), the appropriate input method will be installed and configured automatically. It does a disservice to other distributions to observe that a problem exists in two distributions and then conclude that the problem is 'Linux-wide'. Your sample set isn't big enough.

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