Re: Question about Desktop Environments
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On 03/15/08 21:06, Raj Kiran Grandhi wrote:
> Jonathan Jacobs wrote:
>> GNOME and KDE are the ones that I have. But, is there one out there
>> that looks like XP. I am going to install Debian on my mothers
>> computer and she is running...slowly...XP. Every other comment out of
>> my mom, about the computer, is that it is running slowly. I have
>> already removed any spyware and whatnot and I have cleaned the reg.
>> It is about time that I upgraded her pc to Debian. Just need a
>> desktop environment that looks like XP......any suggestions?
> If the hardware is fairly recent (< 4 years old), running gnome or kde
> on it should not be any problem. I have heard that kde looks more like
> windows than gnome, but with the right theme, it should be possible to
> make gnome look like windows too.
> IMHO, it would be easier to convince your mother to make the switch to
> linux rather than trying to make her believe she is running windows. No
> matter what you try, if she has been using windows for a couple of
> years, she is bound to find out for herself that it is not windows.
> Instead, you can tell her that the reason for the computer being slow
> was the result of all the malware and that there is a better
> alternative, linux, which doesn't have this problem.
I agree 100%. She must know that this is *not* XP! Some things
won't work exactly like they do in Windows. GNOME with the Crux
theme and a blue-grey "Selected colors" should be comfortable on her
However, reassure her that it will be "close enough" to XP that she
won't feel like she's in an alien land. This will be especially
easy if she's already using Firefox & Thunderbird.
> That is what I did in my father-in-law's case. Sure I had to set things
> up for him a little bit. Install skype and set up the internet
> connection. But after that he is a happy linux user (ubuntu in this
> case) and comments on how easy his computer has become to use.
You know, though, that this will make Windows "safe enough":
- - install Firefox, Thunderbird & OOo
- - remove the IE, Outlook and MSO icons so she can't run them
- - setting her up with a restricted account on the XP box, changing
the Administrator password
- - putting it behind a consumer firewalling router
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA USA
"Working with women is a pain in the a**."
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