Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th May 2008 16:20 UTC
Linux It's one of those catch phrases that never really seems to die out. Wherever you look in the operating systems world, at personal blogs written in crummy English, or at high-profile quality websites, there is bound to be someone, somewhere who used it. Even I, myself, used it in articles in a far and distant past, and I'm not particularly proud of it. "Ready for the desktop" is no longer acceptable - in fact, it's on its way out.
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Inexperienced..?
by Ringheims Auto on Mon 19th May 2008 17:04 UTC
Ringheims Auto
Member since:
2005-07-23

You can imagine that pulling an inexperienced user from a Windows environment, and dropping them in an Ubuntu environment is sure going to give them headaches.

If they are that inexperienced, they might not be so accustomed to the "windows way", and perhaps adapt to any other solid desktop environment, like Gnome, more easily. Non-techy experienced windows users might be more of a hassle, though.

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RE: Inexperienced..?
by BigDaddy on Mon 19th May 2008 17:47 in reply to "Inexperienced..?"
BigDaddy Member since:
2006-08-10

Non-techy experienced windows users might be more of a hassle, though.


I took my in-laws AOL based computer (that's all she ever used) and switched her over to Ubuntu. Both her and her husband fight for use of the computer now. There are a ton of games for him to play that are not arcade and she has discovered internet radio for Costa Rican music and talk shows.

What I am getting at is this, sometimes moving people outside their comfort zones helps them enjoy their PC more.

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RE[2]: Inexperienced..?
by Bending Unit on Mon 19th May 2008 20:44 in reply to "RE: Inexperienced..?"
Bending Unit Member since:
2005-07-06

I don't see your point.

For games, wouldn't Windows be an infinitely better choice?

Internet radio is not restricted to Ubuntu. I haven't found a radio player on Linux that is half as good as Screamer Radio (for Windows).

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RE[2]: Inexperienced..?
by Alleister on Mon 19th May 2008 23:08 in reply to "RE: Inexperienced..?"
Alleister Member since:
2006-05-29

I had an very similar experience. A friends Windows PC died while he was working on his final Paper studying Film. I offered him to use my Laptop, which however had just Linux installed and i wasn't very keen on changing that fact.
I was really surprised that he had no trouble at all working with that machine after i just gave him a five minute introduction and told me that he actually found the folder structure better than the way it is on Windows (i always thought the folder structure is what "the Windows crowd" would have trouble getting used to).
The reason his next PC runs Windows now is because he requires a lot of Film editing Software which isn't available for Linux, otherwise he even would have switched.

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RE[2]: Inexperienced..?
by Googol on Tue 20th May 2008 06:46 in reply to "RE: Inexperienced..?"
Googol Member since:
2006-11-24

Maybe you want to install this for him

http://www.supergamer.org/

I found that as a new entry at Distrowatch only now, but it looks very interesting.

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