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Comment: Re:Like Woz didn't move on a LONG time ago? (Score 1) 643

by andre_pl (#31762584) Attached to: The Apple Two

So he turns to TV for help and for guidance
A lot of his virtues he picked up from Linus
Fonzie taught him what it means to be cool
From Doogie he learned that he must go to school
Three's Company taught him that just acting gay
Could lower the actual rent he would pay
Cops showed beating your wife and your neighbor
Could immortalize you and your double wide trailer

Vandals Anyone?

Operating Systems

Which Linux For Non-Techie Windows Users? 766

Posted by Soulskill
from the first-one's-free dept.
obarthelemy writes "Having at last gotten Linux to run satisfactorily on my own PCs, I'd now like to start transitioning friends and family from XP to Linux instead of Windows 7. The catch is that these guys don't understand or care much about computers, so the transition has to be as seamless and painless as possible. Actually, they won't care for new things; even the upcoming upgrade to Windows 7 would be a pain and a bother, which is a great opportunity for Linux. I'm not too concerned about software (most of them only need browser, IM, VLC, mail and a Powerpoint viewer for all those fascinating attachments). What I'm concerned about is OS look-and-feel and interface — system bar on the bottom with clock, trash, info on the right, menu on the left, menu items similar to those of Windows. Is it better to shoot for a very targeted distro? Which would you recommend? Are there themes/skins for mainstream distributions instead? I've been looking around the web, and it's hard to gauge which distros are well-done and reasonably active."

Comment: Re:Yep (Score 1) 900

by andre_pl (#30156452) Attached to: GIMP Dropped From Ubuntu 10.04

You're wrong, because there are plenty of gimp users who have never used photoshop more than a handful of times.. I dont see any appeal in photoshop whatsoever, gimp does everything I need, and I LIKE the UI. I've never found it to be confusing or unintuitive, it works quite well, I probably wont even use single window mode when 2.8 comes out, it just wouldn't be all that useful to me, the current setup works quite nicely.

Not everyone is a recent windows convert who needs to make their linux install function like their windows install used to. I haven't touched in a windows box in 5 or 6 years, I dont miss any of the software I used to use over there.

Comment: Fantastic release (Score 1) 1231

by andre_pl (#29976556) Attached to: Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

i did a clean install on my laptop (non-essential machine and a clean install goes a lot faster). The process was very quick and painless, by far the most pleasant ubuntu installation yet. the only issue I've had, which seems to have cleared itself up, with some updates, was that ctrl+C wasn't working in my terminal,it wouldn't do anything at all...

overall i think the improvements in karmic are more significant than many of the previous releases, everything looks and feels better. thumbs-up to the chocolate brown color, the orange was starting to get played-out. a friend of mine was here when I did my reinstall, when it booted up to a beautiful, fully functional desktop just 20 minutes after I started the install, he was so impressed he took the live CD home and installed it for himself.

Its been 3 days and I've yet to have a single question or complaint from him.. everything is working including his sound card, which wasn't working under windows. he even figured out how to get mp3/xvid support all by himself. I'm both proud of him and of ubuntu. things have come a long way.

Comment: Re:What A Bunch Of Hosers, Eh? (Score 1) 584

by andre_pl (#29945762) Attached to: No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars
I know that you were saying it was used in normal conversation.. I was disagreeing, I can pretty much assure you that it was used as a joke, probably because they knew Americans were in the game with them. seriously, nobody uses that word, not since Bob and Doug McKenzie themselves and a handful of people who rolled with it for far too long.

Comment: Re:What A Bunch Of Hosers, Eh? (Score 1) 584

by andre_pl (#29909739) Attached to: No Hand-Held Devices In Ontario Cars
Lol, Ok you're right, the only time a Canadian has ever used the word hoser was for the benefit of a listening American, solely to perpetuate that stereotype. we DO say 'eh' all the time though. wtf is a hoser anyway? its such a stupid word..."Check oat the hoser eh?" note the use of 'oat', NOT oot.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.