[olug] Laptop options.
rob.townley at gmail.com
Sat Feb 2 03:14:55 UTC 2008
On Feb 1, 2008 6:11 PM, Drag Sidious <linlamer at cox.net> wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-01-31 at 17:43 -0600, Dan Linder wrote:
> > On Jan 31, 2008 5:21 PM, Dave Thacker <dthacker9 at cox.net> wrote:
> > > We've all been is this position, and I know you want your friends to
> > > a
> > > trouble free experience. I'm curious why you ruled out a
> > > Linux
> > > laptop from Dell?
> > Wow, nearly 20 hours and this is the first "Why not Linux?" post! ;-)
> > I have been thinking it over a bit, but for this time through I'll have
> > stick with WinXP.
> > - They have a very small set of programs that they run. They
> > specifically use the Windows AOL client - it isn't very nice or
> powerful for
> > someone like us, but it suits them just fine. I'm pretty sure this
> > run under Linux natively.
> > - I ruled out using Wine because a lot of the programs they want to
> > run are just not 100% there yet (MS Word and AOL especially).
> > - I'm pretty sure that I could get them up with other FOSS software
> > (Thunderbird, OpenOffice, etc), but these folks are the best example
> > "stuck in a rut".
> > - And it's not just Linux. That is the same reason I'm sticking
> > with XP, and going to try to resurrect their old MS-Office
> > media.
> > - They travels quite a bit (must be nice to be retired!), and a big
> > concern of theirs is getting it working (or getting something new
> > wherever they are at. I am sure most of the things they would add
> > and other USB devices) would be fine under Linux, but if they had to
> send it
> > in for repairs they'd get all worried about being "out of the
> > And I especially don't want the tech working on it to say, "Sorry, we
> > support Linux..." or some other lame excuse.
> > Once they are moved over, I *do* plan on resurrecting their old systems
> > putting Ubuntu on it and configuring it as best I can for their needs.
> > Maybe having a "spare" sitting around that *Just works! (tm)* will make
> > a Linux convert after a while.
> > Dan
> This is a bit tough-in-cheek, but...
> Take Ubuntu Linux and slap a XP theme on it and call it 'Service Pack 3'
> and I doubt they'd notice the difference. Most people wouldn't.
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