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philinux
May 6th, 2008, 11:08 PM
Any suggestions ?

spec-chum
May 6th, 2008, 11:16 PM
The expo and scale plugins for compiz might help too. Just start multiple apps in the various workspaces and show how you can switch between them using scale or drag them between desktops using expo. I use those two all the time and you certainly can't do that in Windows. :)

As an example here's Expo configured with curvature
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/mr_bad_seed/expo.jpg

and here's Scale
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/mr_bad_seed/scale.jpg

NightwishFan
May 6th, 2008, 11:24 PM
whylinuxisbetter.net (http://www.whylinuxisbetter.net)

Also show them amarok, and quickly changing themes to look very different, and the choice of software.

paul101
May 6th, 2008, 11:30 PM
show them different themes from gnome-look.org

and also shift switcher:

http://www.prashanthellina.com/images/coverflow.png

philinux
May 6th, 2008, 11:30 PM
The expo and scale plugins for compiz might help too. Just start multiple apps in the various workspaces and show how you can switch between them using scale or drag them between desktops using expo. I use those two all the time and you certainly can't do that in Windows. :)

As an example here's Expo configured with curvature
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/mr_bad_seed/expo.jpg

and here's Scale
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v605/mr_bad_seed/scale.jpg

Ok how do I do the curvature thing. I've got expo plugin enable but the settings are a mystery. New territory for me this eye candy.

octoberdan
May 6th, 2008, 11:35 PM
Any suggestions ?

Perhaps run a windows game under Ubuntu to show compatibility? I'm personally against this option, but they may be attached to some windows program. There's some tutorials out there about seamless virtualization. You could always explore the Gnu/Linux alternatives, which would be my preferred strategy.

You may also want to show him the practical side of compiz, the parts that are not just flashy but useful.

Show him how easy it is to install software, make sure all the repositories are enabled.

Ubuntu is more than just about flash, it's also about ease of use and power. Those are the aspects I'd zoom in on.

You may also want to focus on dispelling some common myths
http://www.reallylinux.com/docs/myths.html . just google for more!

MickS
May 6th, 2008, 11:41 PM
What impresses my kids is the magic lamp for minimising, burn and the paper aeroplane for closing apps, the show cursor thingy is popular too.

Mick

philinux
May 6th, 2008, 11:48 PM
I think I've got most enable it's the keyboard or mouse shortcuts that I need to learn.

NightwishFan
May 6th, 2008, 11:50 PM
Kde man, kde. (Kubuntu has easy compiz setup tool) This theme which I actually just changed a bit after posting this shot is kde3.5, domino, with kde4 icons and wallpaper.

forestpixie
May 6th, 2008, 11:53 PM
Ok how do I do the curvature thing. I've got expo plugin enable but the settings are a mystery. New territory for me this eye candy.

Get to the expo plugin in ccsm and change deformation in appearance tab to curve

bgast1
May 6th, 2008, 11:58 PM
Well, if you are a die hard windows user, then unless you really can't stand Microsoft and all that they stand for and don't stand for, then there is probably not enough in Linux to make you switch completely yet.

Desktop effects are really cool. Certainly a plus. It seems that you have resolved any video problems that you might have. Me, I solved the same ones, but I seriously doubt that as slow as my computer seems to be running that I could play any real intensive game in Linux, and I think I have a decent video card (ATI Radeon X1950 Pro PCIe). Perhaps something is configured wrong. So that keeps me dual booting into windows.

There are other hardware issues as well.

That being said. I can hardly wait until Linux gets to the point where I don't need to run windows anymore, and I would welcome anyone who is willing to spend a little time with me in a PM or otherwise to get my system operating at it's peak under linux.

tjwoosta
May 7th, 2008, 12:00 AM
definatly gotta have the wobbly windows as well as minimize and maximize animations

i switched back over to my vista partiton today after using ubuntu for a couple of weeks and man it felt so strange going to drag a window that was all stiff (the fluidness makes all the difference)

Edit:

There are other hardware issues as well.


yes there are many issues with hardware in linux, this makes it hard to convert people who are windows lovers, but if you have all compatible hardware then ubuntu is definatly far better than windows

mlentink
May 7th, 2008, 12:01 AM
Ubuntu is more than just about flash, it's also about ease of use and power.

Hear! Hear!

How about installing a server with web-services, file-services and a full-blown mail-server (including webmail) that runs consistently within 400MB (inclusive the spam- and virus-checking) in november 2006, and having it down for in two occasions. For maintenance.

People, I truly believe youŕe stressing the glitter and the oomph way too much. Ubuntu may at times be just a bit more complicated to set up than that other os, but man, is it dependable and reliable. How about peace of mind....

chuckyp
May 7th, 2008, 12:17 AM
I would show them the price.

:)

1875
May 7th, 2008, 12:17 AM
Install XP in virtualbox then drag it about your cube with wobbley windows plugin.

Also cairo-dock and conky are pretty cool,

hopelessone
May 7th, 2008, 12:26 AM
1. Install Kiba Dock
2. Ubuntu has no Viruses
3. Ubuntu dosen't need a firewall

philinux
May 7th, 2008, 12:36 AM
I'm only interested in eye candy for this guy. Like I've asked what are the keyboard actions.

mlentink
May 7th, 2008, 12:38 AM
3. Ubuntu dosen't need a firewall


Ehhh, better not...

Oldsoldier2003
May 7th, 2008, 12:54 AM
chuck@ubuntu:~$ uptime
17:52:45 up 195 days, 3:19, 1 user, load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00


that should impress him ;)

tjwoosta
May 7th, 2008, 12:59 AM
2. Ubuntu has no Viruses
3. Ubuntu dosen't need a firewall

actually ubuntu does have a firewall

(you can configure it with Firestarter)

also although there might not be a whole lot of viruses for linux, they do exist!

the thing is, of the small handful of viruses that exist for linux most cant affect you unless you are constantly running as root