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Ask Slashdot: the Best Linux Setup To Transition Windows Users? 448

First time accepted submitter Quantus347 writes "I am trying to convince a number of people to give Linux a chance, arguing that it has come a long way on the road of consumer usability. Can you, oh Wise Ones of Slashdot, recommend a Lunix setup that will be as similar as possible to a Windows environment (Windows 7 or XP). These people hate and fear change, and so will latch onto nearly any noticeable differences, so I'm thinking in terms of both front end functionality and the look of the interface. It would also be very important for them to have to go to the command line as little as possible during daily use (meaning as close to never as can be managed)."
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Ask Slashdot: the Best Linux Setup To Transition Windows Users?

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  • by macemoneta ( 154740 ) on Friday July 27, 2012 @09:14AM (#40789291) Homepage

    I suggest giving showing them Windows 8 first. After that, the change to any of the major Linux distributions will seem trivial.

  • Free BSD (Score:2, Funny)

    by Grindalf ( 1089511 ) on Friday July 27, 2012 @09:19AM (#40789367) Journal
    Free BSD 5.0 command line only. That way everybody wins!
  • by whoever57 ( 658626 ) on Friday July 27, 2012 @10:57AM (#40790543) Journal
    Give them Ubuntu 12.04 and tell them it is Windows 8!
  • by mianne ( 965568 ) on Friday July 27, 2012 @05:31PM (#40796221)

    Could have milked that situation for fun and profit..

    "Oh this? I really shouldn't tell you this, but it's a advance release edition of Windows 8 for software developers."

    "Cool! it looks really slick.. Know how I could get a copy?"

    Looking around furtively, you reply; "Do you have any idea how secretive they are in Redmond? I could be fired/sued just for letting you see what you have already!"

    "Well as long as you're in for a penny, do you think you could make a copy for me?"

    "Oh gee... well there's absolutely no way that I can just give you a copy of the disk, you see, the installer is serialized and we'd both certainly get nastygrams from Microsoft's lawyers if we tried that, but... " (continue looking nervous and gasping for air)

    "But what?"

    (whispering very quietly) "You seem honest enough... If you brought me your laptop, I might be able to scrub the install codes and serial numbers, but I'd need at least a couple weeks to work on that and I'd have to charge for my time working on it, so you'd really be better off waiting 'til it's released publicly next year.."

    "Really? How much would you charge?"

    "You have to remember that we're talking about over 6 gigabytes of code I'd have to pore over to make sure it doesn't incriminate me and jeopardize you in the process."

    "C',mon. just name your price!"

    (looking flushed) "Keep your voice down.. We don't know who else is here, but for the hours I'd have to work on it, I'd normally be compensated around 5K, but since I'll benefit somewhat from analyzing the binaries, I suppose I could do it for you for maybe 1500."

    "That is a lot of money!"

    "Listen, I told you you'd be better off waiting. I don't work for free, I hope you understand that, but you are the one who's been expressing such an interest."

    "True.. Look could I give you half in advance and the balance on delivery?"

    (rubbing your temple for a couple of seconds) "I suppose I could work with you on that."

    "Okay, deal!"

    Now just install Ubuntu, and set up a few wallpaper images bearing a Windows 8 logo along with a Banner stating "For Development Use Only" on each one, Delete any stock backgrounds depicting penguins, or specifying Linux, Ubuntu, or such... Stick it in the closet and stall him when he calls over the next three weeks stating that you are still analyzing, debugging, getting video drivers to work, etc.. before giving it back to him a month later upon receipt of the final payment.

The first rule of intelligent tinkering is to save all the parts. -- Paul Erlich