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post #21 of 34
will you be using the laptop a lot.

are you familiar with linux

or is it a language you have to learn.

if you are not computer savvy linux style and dont have time to learn then i would go with windows.

otherwise go with linux.

or better still partition - so your hubby can use linux and u can stay with windows.

i am an unix user myself. HATE windows. BUT dont like completely removing windows coz of the options open to me.
post #22 of 34
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post
will you be using the laptop a lot.

are you familiar with linux

or is it a language you have to learn.

if you are not computer savvy linux style and dont have time to learn then i would go with windows.

otherwise go with linux.

or better still partition - so your hubby can use linux and u can stay with windows.

i am an unix user myself. HATE windows. BUT dont like completely removing windows coz of the options open to me.
Why would hubby need to use the linux side? He has his own desktop and laptop. We don't share puters.

I "have" used unix before but it was briefly and it was for IRC Bots.

I would assume in my OS I wont have to type in code so learning the language shouldn't be relevant.
post #23 of 34
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Originally Posted by california_mom View Post
What's his number? We have a computer collecting dust and I really want my parents up and running on the internet!

Sorta OT, I heard that a dial-up connection on Linux isn't the way to go. That a cable/DSL/Broadband connection is the only way to fly. Is that true? I'm wondering if that was the root of our problems.
I've configured a Linux box to run on dial-up. It was years ago though, but it is possible.


This post was brought to you from Ubuntu (Hardy) on a cheapie laptop. The wireless was the only issue I had and that was a pretty easy fix thanks to master google.
post #24 of 34
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I've configured a Linux box to run on dial-up. It was years ago though, but it is possible.


This post was brought to you from Ubuntu (Hardy) on a cheapie laptop. The wireless was the only issue I had and that was a pretty easy fix thanks to master google.
HRm.. thats right. DH had to buy himself a new wireless card for his laptop to get it to work on Linux.
post #25 of 34
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HRm.. thats right. DH had to buy himself a new wireless card for his laptop to get it to work on Linux.
I didn't have to get a new card, I just had to install a new driver. Has he looked recently at the drivers? It looks like my current wireless card recently became supported.
post #26 of 34
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I didn't have to get a new card, I just had to install a new driver. Has he looked recently at the drivers? It looks like my current wireless card recently became supported.
Yea.. I just asked him about it. He bought a new card that was supposed to have a better range and THAT card didn't work. The original card did... so he thinks that card just didn't work with his laptop.
post #27 of 34
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post
will you be using the laptop a lot.

are you familiar with linux

or is it a language you have to learn.

if you are not computer savvy linux style and dont have time to learn then i would go with windows.

otherwise go with linux.

or better still partition - so your hubby can use linux and u can stay with windows.

i am an unix user myself. HATE windows. BUT dont like completely removing windows coz of the options open to me.
With a techie dh she wouldn't have to run command-line. I really only knew how to use the Windows applications and the internet when I got my laptop w/ Linux. I very rarely use the command-line, my dh dose most of it, but I have picked up A LOT over the last 3 years

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I would assume in my OS I wont have to type in code so learning the language shouldn't be relevant.
But you'll be surprised at how easy it is.
post #28 of 34
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post #29 of 34
Even if you need some Windows-only apps, you should look at whether they run under WINE. If they do, your DH should be able to set it up, and then you don't even have to dual-boot; you just run the Windows app in Linux. ;-)

Though, right this minute, there's one (EXACTLY one) good argument for Windows: Google Chrome. I'm sure there will be a Linux version eventually, though.
post #30 of 34
Definitely Linux. It just is so much better. I haven't used Windows in years.
post #31 of 34
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Originally Posted by Ironica;12115899
Though, right this minute, there's one (EXACTLY one) good argument for Windows: [URL="http://www.google.com/chrome"
Google Chrome[/url]. I'm sure there will be a Linux version eventually, though.

: I expect to see the Mac version first, followed shortly by Linux, it's how Picasa came out.
post #32 of 34
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: I expect to see the Mac version first, followed shortly by Linux, it's how Picasa came out.
I asked DH why he didn't use this.. he looked at me strangely and said it JUST came out Monday. He uses it at work.. but it doens't work on linux. He also said it doesn't work with flash and some other things.

(P.S. I think the strange look was because I knew/asked him about something so knew.)
post #33 of 34
I think that some sort of Linux based distrubution (like Ubuntu) would be a good choice for almost anyone. Personally, I haven't run Windows (except for as a testing environment) in over two years now.

There were a couple concerns in this thread that I'd like to take the time to address.

One, most Linux based operating systems tend to get improved quickly. To use Ubuntu (a likely choice for new users) as an example, their release cycle is every 6 months. While there usually aren't dramatic changes in the user interface, new features are added and broken ones get fixed. So, if you're someone who tried it out a year or two ago, and couldn't get it to work right and found that it wasn't for you... It may be worth taking the time to try again because the things that weren't working may now actually be fixed and working fine.

Two, getting help when you need it. Getting Linux related help can seem kinda daunting because online, sometimes documentation isn't written for the average level user, it's written for a developer level user... And it's not as easy as just bring your computer in to the local computer store often because many of those types of stores don't know any more than you do about Linux and then try to put Windows back on the machine to "fix" it. I personally recommend getting hooked up with the user groups in your local area because they're a great resource for help, whether that be them helping you learn how to do things yourself or someone you can hire to help. (http://www.linux.org/groups/ has a list of LUGs and for Ubuntu users, https://wiki.ubuntu.com/LoCoTeamList - getting hooked up with your area LoCo team can be a resource).

Three, command line. Because of the way history has gone down, Linux based operating systems seem to have an automatic association in most peoples mind with the command line. Here's a little secret... You don't need to know anything about the command line to use most Linux based operating systems on your desktop or laptop. Most anything you'd need to do can be done through the user interface. It's just that some people really like using the command line to do things and they forget that other people don't when they give instructions.
post #34 of 34
Another linux using family here.
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