[olug] advice picking distro for Mac users

Sheldon, Roger W Roger.Sheldon at firstdata.com
Wed Nov 13 17:57:55 UTC 2013

I like to use Linux Mint or one of the Ubuntu variants. I think you can't go wrong either way as they work out of the box. Think there is an Ubuntu phone now too if that applies to anything here. One thot - what about installing Mint/Ubuntu on thumb drive and each kid can just have their own OS to run or destroy?


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-----Original Message-----
From: olug-bounces at olug.org [mailto:olug-bounces at olug.org] On Behalf Of Tim Larson
Sent: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 11:38 AM
To: Omaha Linux User Group
Subject: [olug] advice picking distro for Mac users

I'm setting up a 2nd computer in the house now that the kids are getting old enough to be using a computer more. I've been out of the desktop scene for awhile, but I still want to go Linux to save myself the admin headache of dealing with Windows. There's only one Win-specific app they'd need, and I've already confirmed that will run fine in an XP VM. 
(BTW, if you've got an old copy to sell, contact me off-list.)

Seems *buntu is still the pick for the casual Linux desktop user to get up and going easily, and fairly hassle-free to keep updated. Everyone is familiar with Mac OS to some extent, so a version that feels somewhat similar to that would be great. Some reviews say Unity is a good fit for Mac users. Some reviews say the Xfce desktop is Mac-like. Maybe there are others. I'm soliciting more opinions and comments to help me make my decision. Apart from an annual upgrade I won't be using the computer at all unless there are problems, so a major goal is to set it up such that the non-tech-savvy will not create nor encounter many problems.

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