Re: Good distro for home use by a non techie?
From: Timothy Kaine (creepyt_at_dizzletothesizzleonline.com)
Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 20:02:54 GMT
> A friend of mine is considering switching from Windows to Linux. They
> are completly non technical and if something cannot be done using a
> point and click interface it will be beyond them. Is there a Linux
> distro suitable yet for such a person? The activites they want to use
> the computer for are:
> archiving old VHS tapes to DVD
> watching TV on the computer (with a pinnacle systems rave TV card)
> Office productivity (they currently use microsoft word, excel and outlook)
> Sync of their windows ce pda to the office software
> Doing their tax returns (they currently use taxcalc)
> Web browsing
> They will have to set all the above software up themselves.
> Some stuff is obviously ok such as openoffice / ximian evolution /
> mozilla for the office/web use but other stuff I don't know about such
> as syncing with a win ce pda or archiving tapes to dvd.
> I've been unable to advise them properly as so far I've only used Linux
> as a server with no gui installed. I've done a little research and
> Xandros or Mandrake Linux look like they could be good candidates. Does
> anyone have any comments on these for the described use or any other
> They are not averse to paying for a distribuition (I've already told
> them this will be mandatory as I won't be able to offer tech support).
SuSE is a good "idiot-proof" point-and-click wizard-based distro, but I dont
know about the pinnacle card. Im under the impression their support isnt
very good, and youd have to have some knowledge to set up that kind of
card. If they had something by ATI or Hauppauge they would be okay. The
Windows CE handheld depends on the handheld. Look up information on synce
to see if their device is supported.
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