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Ask Slashdot: Linux for Grandma?

BlazeMiskulin (1043328) writes | about 9 months ago

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BlazeMiskulin (1043328) writes "With XP approaching end-of-life, I find myself in a situation that I'm guessing is common: What to do with Mom's machine (or "grandma's machine" for the younger of you). Since a change has to be made, this seems like a good time to move to a Linux distro.

My mother (82) uses her computer for e-mail and web-browsing only. I know that any distro will be able to handle her needs. I've been using Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS, and Redhat--usually with KDE interface) for about 10 years now, but I know that my preferences are quite different from hers.

I have my own ideas, but I'm curious what others think: What combination of distro and UI would you recommend for an old, basic-level user who is accustomed to the XP interface and adverse to change?"

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A simple dock. (1)

Himmy32 (650060) | about 9 months ago | (#46428743)

I setup a Linux station over 10 years back for my mother, who at the time was used to XP. Worry less about the distribution and more about the ease of the steps that it takes to do the tasks she wants to accomplish. I setup up an AWN dock with Firefox, OpenOffice Apps and VLC. In the end it kinda looked like ChromeOS does these days... I handled patching, updates, support via VNC. The amount of support calls dropped signficantly because it just worked. Change usually isn't the problem trying to memorize new series of complicated steps is.

Zorin (1)

jawnah (1022209) | about 9 months ago | (#46432243)

You're probably just looking for Zorin OS. It's basically something like XP and has all these features to make life easier for people who don't know their way around Linux. If my mother needed a new system and I didn't still have Windows 7 for her, I'd do Zorin.
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