[lug] Linux for my Dad?
Michael D. Hirsch
mhirsch at nubridges.com
Thu Dec 11 07:31:26 MST 2003
On Thursday 11 December 2003 12:24 pm, John Dollison wrote:
> My father is looking to replace a VERY old computer with a newer model, but
> doesn't want to spend much money on it, since he only uses it for
> solitaire, e-mail, and occasional web-surfing (at 56K). He's been looking
> at the WalMart computers ($200 - $400) that come with your choice of
> Lycoris or Lindows. I have no experience with either. Dad's not a
> computer geek like me, he just wants to plug it in and use it, without
> worrying about configuring much of anything. He lives out of state, so I
> can't help him much if he gets stuck.
> Does anyone out there have any experience with Lycoris or Lindows, or
> Wal-Mart PC's in general? Or should I just mail him a Windoze Millenium
> CD, and walk him through an install of that? It seems that Wal-Mart has
> been selling Linux PC's for well over a year now, so maybe it's really
> working for the Average Joe?
The Linux Journal review of Lindows is pretty positive. In particular, it
seems really good at installing software easily. It's security is a bit weak
as you are encouraged to run as root all the time, but otherwise they seem to
like it a lot. I haven't tried it.
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