[Scottish] Linux distro for mum?

M. Hasan Vazir h.vazir at pobox.com
Wed Nov 3 21:13:57 GMT 2004

I have installed Ubuntu, painless install and very fast, but gnome only.
On the web, visiting web sites with java, flash and streaming
audio/video will need some configuration. I haven't been able to sort
some of it.
Suse on the other hand is pretty good and would recommend it. If all
else fails, install Knoppix, brilliant.

I haven't used it myself, but have heard good reviews for IBM
R40e,celeron, but apparently does the basics and is very sturdy.
Dell are pretty good at the moment, again I haven't bought any, but do
use it at work.
I think self-assemble is not any cheaper, but did help me get over the
fear of opening my machine. I suppose still good for machines with your
own specs.



On Wed, 2004-11-03 at 20:12 +0000, Harry Doherty wrote:
> Hi
> My mum recently expressed an interest in getting a
> computer for dvds/email/web/etc at home.
> She was enthusiastic about GNU/Linux when I told her
> about it.
> She has little computer experience (but doesn't
> believe in learned helplessness).
> I've been using debian ~1yr (but still haven't
> configured X properly).
> I'm looking for the least hassle distro as mum will be
> 100 miles away. I'm thinking perhaps Fedora Core or
> Umbuntu if it's mature enough.
> Also any thoughts on hardware (laptop vs pc vs
> self-assemble) would be welcome.
> cheers
> H.
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