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Comment Re:LXDE on Mint Debian (Score 1) 287

The only thing that makes me hessitate about Mint is upgrades. It seems that it's oriented towards full-reinstall upgrades, and I wouldn't want my parents having to do that (and they wouldn't do it either). Having used XP for about 6years without reinstalling, I really want to offer something that can offer a similar experience.
Then again, Ubuntu has been know to break everything between releases. So I'm not sure what to use!

Comment Re:Ask her if she will accept any little change (Score 1) 287

And pray she doesn't want to stay with Windows. My mother learned to use Windows 8 out of spite enough so she doesn't need Linux, but not enough so she can keep her own computer clean (by the way, I need to go back there check how is the new antivirus working, does anybody have good recomendations?).

Personally, I don't bother giving any support to windows users - even family members. First of all, I don't want to waste time learning windows-related stuff, secondly, they know my stance on the matter, and know I won't support non-free software. Finally, they have more motivation to migrate to *nix if they know you'll support them once they do.

Comment Re:Shameful (Score 1) 199

Honestly, there should be a viable, easy-to-use alternative to Facebook which respects your privacy and doesn't have shady dealings with a government and isn't run by a functionally retarded man-child. But if there is one, well I don't know about it. And if I don't know about it, then 95% of people don't know about it.

I concurs, but sadly, most people don't, and that's why we don't have such an alternative. :(

Comment Re:Messaging? (Score 1) 199

It's Jabber, but without the hassle of account creation. Username is automatically set up as your phone number, and password is your IMEI or something.

Jabber with the most important part stripped off: de-centralization. And no voice/video support either.

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