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Link to this post 21 May 09

abrenar wrote:


does your parent and sister started to use the linux OS rather than windows? if yes that's great because some non-technical users are hard to decide converting linux.

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Well, my parents did actually use Windows for a short period, but appeared more comfortable with Ubuntu. It also boots a lot quicker too, which is important since the laptop they've got is faulty, whereby if you put it into suspend the power fails because the battery holds no charge, so it has to be booted from scratch each time. My sister has only ever had Ubuntu, which runs very smoothly on the old hardware she has. I got her one of those Ubuntu vase speakers too.

Link to this post 21 May 09

thats good they love it, my parents doenst try any OS at all so what i did is set up a nice pc in their house and put ubuntu and they also love it, but not technically, coz their are not technical people but atleast they do not know how to use windows at all, hehehe:lol:

Link to this post 21 May 09

I think a good way to get people on to Linux is to get them to try out Firefox instead of IE, OpenOffice instead of Microsoft Works/Office, Thunderbird instead of Outlook and pidgin instead of MSN Messenger. Then there are no surprises when they make the switch.

Link to this post 21 May 09

thats nice technique of migrating them, applications first before the whole the system. nice idea dark_ixion

Link to this post 22 May 09

Using applications that can be used across multiple platforms can be a good thing, not only for beginners and potential converts, it can also be a useful usability factor for anyone.

When I'm at work, if I have the opportunity to install free software on my laptop, such as Firefox, Open Office, GNU Emacs, and so forth, I do so. At a recent job the use of Firefox was fairly prevalent, but it was discovered that a lot of people did not keep up, getting the latest and newest versions, and there were security issues with old versions, so the company decided to "push" new versions out to their clients with an update mechanism that would also update when Firefox updates became available.

The one problem with installing any version of software, free or proprietary, is to manage it so it remains safe and secure. The novice, unfortunately, does not understand any of this, so they need the help of their friends or they end up having to pay for a computer "clean up" or a new computer system.

Link to this post 22 May 09

Here in our company we are using free softwares like firefox, thunderbird, debian OS for servers, jxplorer for mail admins, postgres database, tomcat for web applications that is pretty good in performance and less cost because its free. im happy belonging to a company that is supporting open source softwares.

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