Re: linux for loaner computers to the masses?
From: Robert Heller (heller_at_deepsoft.com)
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 2004 23:49:35 +0200
Madhusudan Singh <email@example.com>,
In a message on Thu, 15 Jul 2004 17:00:04 -0400, wrote :
MS> sue sanchez wrote:
MS> > We are considering "Caldera OpenLinux 1.3 with the KDE Desktop and
MS> > Star Office 4.0 because it comes with Idiot's Guide to Linux but I
MS> > note the book was copywrited in 1998, which seems like a long, long
MS> > time ago.
MS> > Our collective skill level with Windows is intermediate. No experience
MS> > with Linux.
MS> > Thanks in advance!
MS> > Note: Cross-posted to several Linux groups
MS> Caldera is not only outdated but also owned by SCO, a company which has
MS> raised the business of industrial shakedown to a new high (or new low).
MS> Lets just say that it has such low stock amongst the open source community
MS> that you are unlikely to find much support if you mention that name.
MS> Will your end users have reliable access to the Internet ? This could be an
MS> important factor in choosing a distribution. For some distributions, the
MS> task of upgrading / updating is very easy if you have good network access.
MS> You can rule Gentoo out rightaway because you have mentioned that you have
MS> no experience with Linux (and neither do your end users). In a similar
MS> vein, rule out older versions of Debian which have difficult installers.
MS> Fedora (the leftover from what was once the market leader, which decided to
MS> self-destruct in the small user market) reportedly has a lot of stability
MS> issues. You would probably want to avoid it.
MS> I would say your choices lie between Debian (Sarge, not Sid), Mandrake,
MS> Suse, etc.
White Box Enterprise Linux (http://www.whiteboxlinux.org) is another
good choice. This is very stable and *conservative* distro. Should be
good for slightly dated hardware, but should handle current releases
(ala RH9 vintage) of the software below listed below. This is a (GPL)
fork of RHEL 3.
MS> Office suite - OpenOffice.org
MS> Web Browser - Mozilla
MS> KDE comes with a complete suite of games.