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Best Linux for slightly old system of a non-tech person

Instead of Xubuntu think of PCLinuxOS 2009.4 "Phoenix". It runs an attractive looking Xfce desktop. Just install and add more apps to it later.
 
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sakumar79

Technomancer
As already informed in post #13, I have installed Linux Mint with XP dual boot... I visited him last weekend... He has used Mint for some time... He had a few doubts like working with cds, pendrive, etc... which I helped out... He is now having skype and pidgin (for yahoo messenger)... He wants to use webcam... It is a Indian brand named Smart Infocomm... A look at their website indicate they have only Windows drivers... Any idea how to get it working in Linux?

Arun
 

mrbean

Right off the assembly line
Hi all,
My uncle has a reasonably old system (1.4GHz P4 CPU with 768MB RAM, 80+40GB HDD). He is a non-technical person and is currently using XP Pro. He frequently gets virus problems... So, I am suggesting to him to install Linux side-by-side and try it out... He has agreed to check it out... His main needs are browsing, chatting (skype, yahoo), office work (OOo), and listening to music/watching movies...
I want to setup a distro which should be reasonably easy to use and be light-weight... I dont think Ubuntu will run very smoothly, hence I want some other distro...Will Fedora LXDE fit the bill? Does it have OOo pre-installed? What other distro would you recommend?

Arun

you system is not old because it is P4 not P3. so please continue with the XP. if he gets virus problem use antivirus cracked. How you know in linux you will not have virus problem. linux will be confusing for him and he will not like it. many packages will not work in linux so better to continue with xp.
 
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sakumar79

Technomancer
@aashish, can you give details how to install it and how to get it to work with Skype?

Thanks in advance
Arun
 
you system is not old because it is P4 not P3. so please continue with the XP. if he gets virus problem use antivirus cracked. How you know in linux you will not have virus problem. linux will be confusing for him and he will not like it. many packages will not work in linux so better to continue with xp.

Don't suggest piracy or any other illegal measures. Also do your research when you reply. I have been using linux for 4 years now, I visit all kinds of websites, I haven't heard of virus in Linux systems. Also, for a non tech user, most of the stuff can be easily done in Linux. Its only games and specialised apps like Photoshop that won't run under linux perfectly
 

Rahim

Married!
@ashish: Thanks for the app. I have just installed Mint 8 on my freind's laptop and most of the hardware works pretty well, (even Reliance Netconnect albeit through wvdial and not Reliance Profile built in), but when I press webcam key on the top, nothing happens. SO would try this Cheese this weekend and get back if it works.

Bit off topic, he has a wireless bluetooth headset which works with his Nokia but Mint cant seem to find and pair it.(though the mobile can be paired with Mint).

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As for sticking with XP, doesn't XP require a learning curve? I have seen new users who panic when they accidentally hide/delete their quick launch bar. They shout my "Internet" is deleted :D considering "e" as internet.

Linux can be what you want it to be.

Everything does have its learning phase, even riding a bicycle needs practice.
 

Cool G5

Conversation Architect
As for sticking with XP, doesn't XP require a learning curve? I have seen new users who panic when they accidentally hide/delete their quick launch bar. They shout my "Internet" is deleted :D considering "e" as internet.

Linux can be what you want it to be.

Everything does have its learning phase, even riding a bicycle needs practice.

LOL
Agree :)
+Infinity
 

vignesh

Wise Old Owl
I could even suggest Absolute Linux. Its based on slackware. Once you setup the system with all the applications I think it should be a breeze after that.
 

duh

Broken In
knoppix livecd? or any livecd. format the partition with ext3 or fat or ntfs as you wish. insert the livecd and thats about it. i hope you have taken a backup of the old data?
my 0.02 cents.... "NOT" since 2 cents = 9.3 paisa, free OS your choice.
 
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