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Comment Re:whatever has the most stable package base (Score 1) 287

Choose the most stable OS you are willing to support. "Stable" as of "Debian stable". I.e. you want an OS that will work even if you are away for a couple of months and will not need a day to update when you return

That's part of the reason I'm asking for opinions: I live--quite literally--on the other side of the world from her (I'm in China, she's in the US). My first thought was Ubuntu (with something other than Unity UI), but I wanted to see if there are any other options I might not know about.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Linux for Grandma? 2

BlazeMiskulin writes: With XP approaching end-of-life, I find myself in a situation that I'm guessing is common: What to do with Mom's machine (or "grandma's machine" for the younger of you). Since a change has to be made, this seems like a good time to move to a Linux distro.

My mother (82) uses her computer for e-mail and web-browsing only. I know that any distro will be able to handle her needs. I've been using Linux (Ubuntu, CentOS, and Redhat--usually with KDE interface) for about 10 years now, but I know that my preferences are quite different from hers.

I have my own ideas, but I'm curious what others think: What combination of distro and UI would you recommend for an old, basic-level user who is accustomed to the XP interface and adverse to change?

Comment Trying to Make it Happen (Score 1) 151

I'm actually in the very larval stages of trying to create an open-source "studio" to fill the niche that channels like SyFy are vacating.

The Trilobyte Project goes one step farther than just being a place for independently-produced shows, it actually invites and relies on the input of the fans in order to create and shape the shows.

I have 25 years of experience in live theatre (acting, design, production, and tech), so the foundation is there for making the right kinds of decisions.

The worlds created are open-source, and released under a Creative Commons license, so people are free to use the worlds for their own works. The stories we hope to create are plot-driven with minimal FX. There are currently half a dozen worlds listed in the forums and available for discussion and development, but we're currently focusing on developing a single series that will be easy to film and produce.

As I said, this project is in its very initial stages. We have 2 writers and a handful of contributors. If you're interested in getting involved with an independent studio and contributing from the ground up--in input, not in cash--then please join in the discussions and help us create something that we, as SF fans and geeks, can call 100% our own.

Comment Re:Well, what did you expect? (Score 1) 555

"For most state laws that I've looked at, if you encounter material that is child pornography, it is not criminal if you immediately report it and surrender it to law enforcement." Not to get off topic, but... I have a friend sitting in prison right now who, I believe, would like to disagree with you on that.

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