Ultimate Ubuntu test
Posted 06 July 2006 - 03:14 PM
Posted 06 July 2006 - 04:13 PM
but in all seriousness, first get a live cd and test it on the laptop. The basic rule is that if more than 2 drivers dont match get a different distro. Also use the live cd to see if your wife likes ubuntu.
If you're going to install ubuntu there are some good tips out there:
Edited by Numb Remxed, 06 July 2006 - 04:13 PM.
Posted 06 July 2006 - 04:14 PM
Posted 06 July 2006 - 04:33 PM
I think she will be fine, if you can get XGL working she will probably love it, people like the pretty effects.
Im actually in a similar situation the family PC i think is due for its big maintenance and windows reinstall so im thinking of sticking Ubuntu as the main OS question is will my mother handle it and my siblings(although less worried about them).
Edited by warriorscot, 06 July 2006 - 04:34 PM.
Posted 06 July 2006 - 04:57 PM
Posted 06 July 2006 - 06:15 PM
I guess try and help her through it but dont milk it cause i think learning on your own is the best way..
not sure if this post is necessary
Posted 06 July 2006 - 10:28 PM
Well I have an early beta of Vista on it that's not upgradable, so I need to flatten it anyway. She uses IMAP for her email, and only has a few things I can backup to a thumbdrive. So, I'm going to so a full install and see what happens. I will make it easy for her, but try and not do too much coaching. I'll keep this thread updated.
Loved the grandma article BTW.
Posted 07 July 2006 - 10:59 AM
Best of wishes,
Posted 08 July 2006 - 09:05 AM
Posted 09 July 2006 - 11:44 PM
Once it booted she wanted to know how to check her email. I told her to just click the envelope icon (I had already setup Thunderbird for her). For the next hour she checked her email, surfed the web a little (FireFox), and found the games. All without asking another question. When I asked what she thought of it, she just shrugged her shoulders, and said she like the Spider solitaire better than Vista's, and that it was "okay".
Overall I'd say it was a great success. I'll let her live with it for a while, to see what issues pop-up. She's not a power-user, but probably a typical user. I like that she has the advantage of reading email and surfing without the fear of malware.
Ubuntu install, and the Gnome desktop are close to a Windows experience. However, she would have been able to install XP and get good results. I'm afraid she wouldn't have had the same success with Ununtu. The first issue was the 1280x800 screen resolution. It wasn't difficult to do, but she's not going to go into terminal and start typing in the command line. Next, was getting the wireless to work with WPA, and getting the SD card reader to work. Finally, were some little issues like the wireless LED not working.
Can Ubuntu replace Windows for your wife (daughter, grandma)? Yes, I think it can, if someone helps setup and configure it. I'm curious to see what her longer term experience will be, and what problems she runs in to. I plan to update this thread.
Posted 10 July 2006 - 07:56 AM
Next, was getting the wireless to work with WPA
Im having that same problem in suse..
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