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Laptop Willie Nov 09, 2012, 10:03am EST Report Abuse


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Dr. Peaceful Nov 12, 2012, 11:39am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Linux Operating Systems On My Laptop
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 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 Report Abuse
>> Re: Linux Operating Systems On My Laptop
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 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 Report Abuse
>> Re: Linux Operating Systems On My Laptop
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!

Laptop Willie Apr 20, 2014, 11:51am EDT Report Abuse
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Laptop Willie Apr 20, 2014, 11:59am EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Linux Operating Systems On My Laptop
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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