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I'm going to install Ubuntu on my wife's laptop. She uses it mostly for surfing and email, as well as some online gaming, but is NOT a computer geek. She only wants to know enough to do what she needs to do. She's used MacOSX at work, and Windows XP and Vista at home. I know she's not going to love it (at least not at first), but do you think she'll throw the laptop at me and say "take it the [bleep] off!" Do you think she'll be able to find her way around, and adapt to it pretty quickly? Or, do you think I'm a crazy man for even trying?
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if you don't think your wife cant handle ubuntu, read this: http://www.knightwis...ent/view/154/9/

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:
http://tips.linux.co...2...d=92&tid=96
http://www.beginning...software_1.html
http://pcmech.com/show/os/917/

Edited by Numb Remxed, 06 July 2006 - 04:13 PM.

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She might be able to use it without any issues, but I would suggest that you just boot the Live CD and see how she reacts to it, then decide to move forward or not.
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I dont know liveCDs are good but its not exaclty hard work to just install it, not like Admin cant handle dual boot and removing the OS if she doesnt like it.

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.

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The problem with installing a dual boot machine is that often Windoze takes up the whole disk, so you need to backup, defrag and re-partition, which can put the data at risk. If you can reload Windoze, then it is not as much of a problem.
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i recently dual booted my dell laptop with linux (suse 9.3) because my research advisor told me to. When i first started out i had no idea what was going on and was lost on terminal commands. However i liked the KDE environment and that made it easier to relate to the XP desktop.

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 :whistling:

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ditto!!! :blink:

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. :whistling:
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I'll definitely keep an eye on this thread. Hope it all works well.

Best of wishes,
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Just an update, laptops loaded and ready to go, but we have a 16-month old that's getting four teeth at once. Momma's been a little too distracted to look at her computer. I'm not sure my timing was very good! :whistling:
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she needs to get her priorities straight! :whistling:
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Well, tonight she grabbed her laptop and booted it up. First she said "Ubuntu?" trying to pronounce it a couple of times. Then, "...and what's this now?" I explained it was a new operating system that I'd like her to try instead of Windows™. Shes asked why, and I said, "because it's free."

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.
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Next, was getting the wireless to work with WPA


Im having that same problem in suse..

*gets ready to post a new topic*
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