[Gllug] conversion from WinXP to Linux

Bruce Richardson itsbruce at workshy.org
Wed May 5 10:23:20 UTC 2010

On Wed, May 05, 2010 at 10:57:43AM +0100, James wrote:
> If your users are happy as they are, why change anything?
> If you still have Windows 98, you are probably using some rather old PCs.
> If I was you, I would do a survey of what users actually do on their
> PCs, and then classify the users into groups based on what they use on
> their PC.
> Then select a subset of users to move to Linux. This subset would be
> the users that would be least impacted by the changes.
> If that trial goes well, gradually select more users to move over to Linux.
> Changing the OS is quite a big move. Those old PCs might not be fast
> enough to run the latest Ubuntu releases that have animated desktops
> etc.

There's absolutely nothing to stop you running a minimal desktop on a
current Ubuntu release; there's no obligation to run Gnome, Compiz or
the like.  There should probably be no problem finding enough disk
space, either; typical Linux install footprints have grown, but are
still nothing like Windows and can be cut down dramatically with some
care in package selection.

The challenge might be the installation - modern installers often want
more RAM than may be installed on old machines.


Remember you're a Womble.
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