"I fear the day technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots."
― Albert Einstein
Last edited by sanderj; June 27th, 2013 at 02:29 PM.
until now i had 1 nasty rootkit infection in windows 98 in the 90's and that's about it. antivirus and such toko care of the rest. well times might have changed now...
here is a recent german link about it :
http://www.muenchen.de/rathaus/Stadt.../linux_cd.htmlAb Montag, den 9. September, liegen diese CDs in der Münchner Stadtbibliothek am Gasteig sowie in allen Stadteilbibliotheken aus.
Das Betriebssystem, das auf dieser CD vorhanden ist (Distribution Ubuntu 12.04), wird bis April 2017 aktualisiert. Nutzerinnen und Nutzer können damit ihren älteren Rechner weiterhin verwenden.
The original suggestion was to use Lubuntu, which suits very well for ageing Windows XP computers and their users. But Canonical staff decided to supply Ubuntu instead. I think the reason is that there is no LTS version of Lubuntu, and nine months is way too short life-time for the München project.
Unfortunately standard Ubuntu has too big foot-print for many of the ageing XP computers. If Precise Gnome Classic Tweaks had been delivered (as a tweaked respin), the chance of success would have been much greater (it allows switching between a good desktop environment for old computers and the modern Unity for newer computers).
The One Button Installer is made for similar situations, to replace Windows XP, but there is an important difference. It is intended for USB pendrives, and cannot be mass-distributed as boot CDs. A user should download the image file and flash it to a pendrive, which can be used by several people in the neighbourhood. Precise Gnome Classic Tweaks as well as Lubuntu and several other versions, flavours and respins of Ubuntu are available as tarballs (compressed tar files).
Last edited by sudodus; September 14th, 2013 at 11:56 AM.
There IS a much simplier solution : Keep your XP "as is" : no waste ...
I do know persons still running Windows 98 Milennium edition.....
They remain safe becaus no more viruses are written against these old-timers....
I like their idea of handing out free linux distros; but I worry that it may not help get people to like using Ubuntu (or whatever they decide to distribute). It may in fact have the opposite effect. Some people may take it home, install it instead of just testing it, and accidentally screw up there already functioning operating system.
Another thing I'd like to add is that not all XP computers will run Ubuntu/Lubuntu well. My oldest computer origionally came with Win 98 and was upgraded to XP. I decided to make it a Linux machine. Tried several different types aimed towards low resource computers. The newest Ubuntu based one I could get to work is Lubuntu 10.04, and even that is slow. Ended up using latest Puppy Linux. Now it runs nice and smooth. It only required a small save file on a hard drive or usb, etc. I think an OS like that may be a better one to hand out to people. It doesn't wipe, and install on the hard drive. So people with little computer knowledge (such as myself) can keep their old systems and programs they still use from time to time; and still have a safe, web browsing, linux system to use when needed.
Last edited by monkeybrain20122; September 21st, 2013 at 09:17 PM.