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#41 Post by Leo » Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:12 am

I kinda doubt it, but my youngest daughter (eight) uses my computer all the time to go to FooPets, or Barbie.com and etc., so she "uses" Linux, I guess. Geez, never actually realized what a spread that is...my oldest is about to turn 30 (and my oldest grandkid is eight). Anyway, my youngest doesn't care about the OS...yet.
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#42 Post by realitykid » Tue Aug 17, 2010 12:13 pm

I still wonder how many teenagers use Linux on a day to day basis for things like school or even web browsing (like me). Pretty much everything I liked to do in Windows, I'm doing in Mepis. I wonder if I will ever successful convince my mom to give Mepis or Ubuntu a try. We have Xubuntu on an old laptop. Although antiX would work a lot better on the laptop, I wanna keep it as easy to use as possible.

Unfortunately, we still have Windows XP Pro SP2 on the main computer. Mainly because IDK how to get the printer to work on Linux. Grrrf. :linuxlove:
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#43 Post by iridesce » Wed Aug 18, 2010 8:59 am

realitykid wrote: I wonder if I will ever successful convince my mom to give Mepis or Ubuntu a try.
A successful strategy I've employed has been when someone comes to me due to slowdown / blue screen / popup issue due to a virus / spyware / whatever, is that I will fix it when I have time ( usually due to the 6 or so hours it takes to reinstall a MS installation including updates, drivers, programs { and their subsequent updates } ) and that in the meantime to run Mepis off of a disk so that he/she will be able to get online.

I still do the flush / repair when I can and set up a dual boot ( with Mepis in the first position in grub :wink: { at least originally } ).

More and more lately, people notice how much faster / more responsive Mepis makes their computers and relate later their appreciation of this fine disto.

Good luck, I am sure your mom will come around.
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#44 Post by Topher » Wed Aug 18, 2010 10:54 am

The speed issue is what hooked my wife and a couple of others. When they see the time difference between system turn on and actually being able to do something, they are amazed. They just assume that everyone has to wait 7-8 minutes upon start up. So if your mom hates to wait as much as my wife, then she will appreciate Linux. Also updates go much faster.

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#45 Post by realitykid » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:49 am

Topher wrote:The speed issue is what hooked my wife and a couple of others. When they see the time difference between system turn on and actually being able to do something, they are amazed. They just assume that everyone has to wait 7-8 minutes upon start up. So if your mom hates to wait as much as my wife, then she will appreciate Linux. Also updates go much faster.
That may hook my mom, then again it may not. All she does really is pay bills online. However, she has seen my setup and likes the stock effects from KDE 4. Especially that I have the weather setup on my desktop. So that may become a selling point for her. We'll see what happens. I know I'm planning on giving my girlfriend one of my old machines, and I think I'll put Mepis or Xubuntu on it for her. IDK, about antiX.
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#46 Post by richb » Wed Aug 18, 2010 11:55 am

Topher wrote:The speed issue is what hooked my wife and a couple of others. When they see the time difference between system turn on and actually being able to do something, they are amazed. They just assume that everyone has to wait 7-8 minutes upon start up. So if your mom hates to wait as much as my wife, then she will appreciate Linux. Also updates go much faster.
7 to 8 minutes! I have never seen a Windows installation take that long even on old hardware. On newer machines with Win 7 startup is comparable to Mepis. There are a lot of other reasons to switch, I do not think startup is that compelling a reason.
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#47 Post by lucky9 » Wed Aug 18, 2010 12:54 pm

A 7 or 8 minute boot is not normal. Try Start/Run/msconfig and hit the Enter key. On the startup tab you can stop things that are not system start things. There is usually a lot of cruft that can be trimmed. Like starting music players or video players at startup is foolish. They'll start when you click on a file that they're needed for.

I once had a Kodak webcam who's software was a real show-stopper for me, it wasn't needed until the cam was in use. Which I decided wasn't needed badly enough to keep that webcam. Mainly because the software in question would stop a boot for a minute or so while it found the webcam...every boot.

Things like that will slow a boot down to ridiculous times. Clean up the startup programs. Remove those that the manufacturer puts on a computer for a price. Most of it is junk anyway.
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#48 Post by cookdav » Wed Aug 18, 2010 7:56 pm

realitykid wrote: [.....]
Unfortunately, we still have Windows XP Pro SP2 on the main computer. Mainly because IDK how to get the printer to work on Linux. Grrrf. :linuxlove:
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Just start a new thread, and post the specifics of your
printer problem, and I'm sure someone here can help you.

There is a special sub-forum here, called 'Printers-Scanners'
to post in (or look thru).

Or, look in our wiki, here:
http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/Printer_Help
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#49 Post by realitykid » Wed Aug 18, 2010 9:18 pm

cookdav wrote:@realitykid:

Just start a new thread, and post the specifics of your
printer problem, and I'm sure someone here can help you.

There is a special sub-forum here, called 'Printers-Scanners'
to post in (or look thru).

Or, look in our wiki, here:
http://www.mepis.org/docs/en/index.php/Printer_Help
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I appreciate the advice, however, I don't think the printer in question even has a Linux driver right now. But, when I'm not too lazy to do it, I'll make that post and find out. :)
Desktop (32bit):
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P4 2.4GHz (or 1.2GHz running with hyper-threading) - 1gb DDR-Ram - 40GB IDE HDD x2
Crappy Old Video Card from the 90s!

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Linux Mint 10
Intel Core i3 M 350 2.27GHz (dual core and hyper-threading) - 4GB DDR 3 RAM - 320GB HDD

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