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Laptop Willie Nov 09, 2012, 10:03am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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About a month ago, I set out to test the Linux array of operating systems on my laptop. If you didn’t do the research, you would think that there was only one Linux Operating System. There are several much like the different Windows Systems. I don’t pretend to be at the “Geek level” of knowing Linux systems. I thought I’d try them and report on this from a Windows users stand point. In other words, I wanted to see if the free operating systems were as good as the Windows systems. I was surprised with what I found.
I first tried Ubuntu 12.10. Many of the features found in Windows were close to or the same. Some of the terminology was different. Such as Enter become forward. The terms are not hard to learn and Help is still Help. You can surf the internet using you old internet service provider home page, but the system will try to replace it with the Ubuntu default. I found this version to be a little to Geekish. More time was spent on getting to a task than was spent on the task. That, to me is a waste of my productive. For some, it may just what the doctor ordered. It is a cheap operating system with lots of free downloadable software for home or business. But for those of us who would like to replace Windows, it’s not yet there. As an example, I was not able to locate and load a driver that would allow me to play my DVDs that I had purchased. I could make them using the software loaded and play those back, but not my “Are We There Yet” DVD. I read some place that was because of some copyright thing.
I tried several other versions of Linux, but found they were even more for Geeks than Ubuntu 12.10 until I found and tried Linux Mint 13. I found this version to be much more user friendly for former Windows users with all the bells and whistles. Most of the productive software is loaded with the operating system. If it doesn’t have what you want, you can down load a whole mess of other software, all for free. In my case, I use a wireless connection to my internet and for connecting my home network together. This version asked a couple of questions and I was connected to my network and the internet with no problem at all. Security is strong with any Linux system and so it is with this one. If you are looking for a free easy to install and operate Windows replacement, I can recommend Linux Mint 13.
You may want to hold onto your Windows system on your hard drive until you are sure you’re ready to go to Linux full time. This can be easily done at the installation. You will be offered the chance to have a duel boot or full Linux installation. Chose the duel boot and Linux will leave the Windows installed with a smaller partition and one for the Linux system. I chose to split my hard drive into two partitions of equal size. That’s just me.
During my research, I happened upon several sites that offered computers for “older folks”. Most all these systems use a Linux system of some sort and most don’t offer very much useful software. Remember these operating systems are offered FREE. The computer systems usually are overpriced and tech support is questionable. If you are going to buy a computer for an older person with little or no computer experience, I found a program that will fill the bill nicely. It’s called “ELDY”, for Elderly. It is free and Linux based, but runs on Windows systems as an application. Click on it and large buttons appear with several options for internet, photos and several other things. This makes for easy installation for you and ease of operation for Grandma.
http://www.eldy.eu/software/download-eldy/
Please remember these are my opinions, based on my research and beliefs. Your experience may be different. I don’t get paid for these opinions. If I did, it wouldn’t be mine then would it?


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Dr. Peaceful Nov 12, 2012, 11:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I think in this day and age, the easiest computer interface for seniors is a touch based tablet GUI. Nothing is more intuitive than using one's finger(s) to navigate / select / invoke / etc. Android is the most wide spread tablet UI currently, and you can get devices with pretty affordable prices. For software (apps), installation / update / manage properties / uninstall in Android can not be any more easier. Much more straight forward than in a traditional PC environment, be it Windows or Linux. In fact Android IS Linux based. If the touch UI is not geek enough for you, you can probably root it to discover the underlining OS structure. Win8 tablet is the next choice, when more people become more familiar with its tablet UI and when the prices are lowered.

As for Linux, remember the GUI is just a layer on top of the OS, whereas for Windows the GUI is the OS (except for Win3.1 and earlier, also may going to be changed with Win Server 8 ). Traditionally, Linux is command based and still largely the same today. You can still opt for running Linux strictly in command mode. Therefore, you can't avoid the "geekiness", because it's faster and more versatile to just run commands than to do the same in the GUI sometimes. It's even more geekish when you need to run Linux virtually on top of Windows. ;) Also to mention, although Linux is designed with security in mind, it doesn't mean it's secured. Until you configured security properly, it's just as vulnerable as any other OS.

Moms Hugs Nov 26, 2012, 10:39am EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Willie & Dr Paz ~

Your points are well taken. A tablet may be just the thing for a friend who bought a laptop 7-8 yrs ago ~ pd $2000, or so she said. She's had lessons, but will still ask me something so I would look it up. Lately I tell her to look it up herself, but she doesn't because damned thing scares her to death!!

She's the type who lives on limited SS & pension income from her deceased husband, but gets her 4 kids to pool their meager $$ to buy the most expensive 'thing' she wants. Last 'thing' was a $370 coffeemaker! So she's probably figuring she'll get them to get her the most expensive tablet, too, that she'll barely if ever use. Then she'll complain that 2 of them never visit her. Go figure! :(

Sorry... just had to get that off my chest!! :blush:

Laptop Willie Nov 26, 2012, 12:34pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Moms Hugs said:
Willie & Dr Paz ~

Your points are well taken. A tablet may be just the thing for a friend who bought a laptop 7-8 yrs ago ~ pd $2000, or so she said. She's had lessons, but will still ask me something so I would look it up. Lately I tell her to look it up herself, but she doesn't because damned thing scares her to death!!

She's the type who lives on limited SS & pension income from her deceased husband, but gets her 4 kids to pool their meager $$ to buy the most expensive 'thing' she wants. Last 'thing' was a $370 coffeemaker! So she's probably figuring she'll get them to get her the most expensive tablet, too, that she'll barely if ever use. Then she'll complain that 2 of them never visit her. Go figure! :(

Sorry... just had to get that off my chest!! :blush:


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Laptop Willie Nov 26, 2012, 12:39pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Laptop Willie said:
Moms Hugs said:
Willie & Dr Paz ~

Your points are well taken. A tablet may be just the thing for a friend who bought a laptop 7-8 yrs ago ~ pd $2000, or so she said. She's had lessons, but will still ask me something so I would look it up. Lately I tell her to look it up herself, but she doesn't because damned thing scares her to death!!

She's the type who lives on limited SS & pension income from her deceased husband, but gets her 4 kids to pool their meager $$ to buy the most expensive 'thing' she wants. Last 'thing' was a $370 coffeemaker! So she's probably figuring she'll get them to get her the most expensive tablet, too, that she'll barely if ever use. Then she'll complain that 2 of them never visit her. Go figure! :(

Sorry... just had to get that off my chest!! :blush:


It would appear then that she would be a person who would benefit from the ELDY. Give it a try. Might save you more head pounding. :cool:


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Moms Hugs Nov 26, 2012, 05:06pm EST Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I ck'd out 'Elderly' & it looks really good for people who like simpler means to email & surf the Net. Thanks for the suggestion, but I don't live near her to install it & doubt her son would be willing to install it either. I sent her an e-card & she won't even turn the laptop on, let alone click on an email to see it. What can I say?? Most of my neighbors are on their computers all the time. One couple in their early 90's use their Apple computer & Skype to stay in touch with all their grandchildren. I bookmarked 'Elderly' in case someone needs it... so thanks!

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It's been a while. Linux Mint 16 is what I have installed on my laptop at the moment. I have to say to the Windows 7 users, if you like windows 7, you'll love Linux Mint 16. I comes with all the bells and stuff you've liked to include with 7 and It much cheaper. I had to get use to th3e cute little names of the programs, like "Cheese" for the webcam program. I am considering converting all my computers to Linux Mint 16 or 17. This after the demise of XP and the $200 price tag for Windows 8.1.:D
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