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poebae
July 7th, 2008, 09:36 AM
EDIT: Ok, so I did some more research and got a good number of pros and cons (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=251649).

Apologies in advance if this thread is in the wrong forum, but since it relates to Multimedia... here goes :)

I'm responsible for maintaining the computers for my church's multimedia system. The main functions that they're used for are video and slide projection and audio recording.

I recently convinced the relevant authority that the computers need a format due to the large amount of spyware and other junk that's accumulated on them, and while I was planning for it, I wondered if it would be possible to make a switch to Ubuntu.

I was asked to write up a proposal outlining the pros and cons of making the switch, what it would involve, what software equivalents would be used etc.

So far I've got:

Pros
* Free software
* Virtual immunity to viruses/spyware
* Easier to manage security, limited accessibility and multiple accounts

Cons:
* Unfamiliarity with the Operating System
* Very limited (human) tech support

Since I'm relatively new to Ubuntu, could anyone suggest the best software for the functions I've described? Also, some more pros and cons would be good (preferably with solutions for the cons).

Also, would you recommend Gnome or KDE as the desktop environment? (Keeping in mind that users will be very new to Linux)

Thanks in advance for any help you can offer :D

TenPlus1
July 7th, 2008, 11:21 AM
Ubuntu 8.04.1 (the latest lts cd) will be the best for a beginner since it is easy to run from the live cd, test and install... http://www.ubuntu.com/getubuntu/download

As for software, their are many free equivalents available which you can find on this site: http://www.linuxrsp.ru/win-lin-soft/table-eng.html

As for support, the ubuntuforums.org have many human support folk available for any queries and also many questions answered already, or you could pop into irc (freenode) and ask in the #ubuntu room itself...

Enjoy...