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Barrucadu
May 13th, 2008, 01:32 PM
My mum has a friend who is fairly knowledgeable about computers. Well, to be precise, fairly knowledgeable about Windows computers. At one point he was quad-booting Vista Basic, XP Professional, ME and 98, so he knows his way around partitions and suchlike.
At first, whenever I complained about a problem I was having that has a relatively simple fix (or is just nonexistant) in Windows, he would tell me to use a "proper operating system". Well, after several conversations, and him watching me set up a file/print server (which turned out to be in vain because the Windows drivers for this printer didn't support networking...) for the house, he seems a bit curious about Linix. He is often asking me questions like "Can you get a program to do [x]?" or "Can you run [x] in Linux?".
I'm thinking of challanging him to install Arch (with me helping when required, of course) because then I'll be able to help him see how Linux can be perfect for him, and he will learn quite a bit about the guts of Linux while doing it.
Of course, I'll direct him to the beginners guide, post-installation tips, and the Arch Way, but I'll be supervising during the installation (ESPECIALLY during the partitioning bit, I messed that up the first time) and offering help when needed.

So, what do you think? Should I challange him to give Arch a go? He has used Ubuntu - albeit briefly - and seemed to like it, but imo the only way to really get to know Linux is to configure everything yourself (which is exactly why I want to give Gentoo and LFS a proper go over the summer when I have time).

will1911a1
May 13th, 2008, 01:34 PM
What could it hurt? So long as you're available to help him out it shouldn't be too painful and he may really enjoy it.

Barrucadu
May 13th, 2008, 01:41 PM
That's what I'm hoping. Judging from his computers he likes to fiddle around with everything he can, so an OS that actually lets him fiddle around with everything and not just 'pseudo-everything' would be the next logical step.

will1911a1
May 13th, 2008, 01:59 PM
That's what I'm hoping. Judging from his computers he likes to fiddle around with everything he can, so an OS that actually lets him fiddle around with everything and not just 'pseudo-everything' would be the next logical step.

Sounds like Arch will suit him well. Most of the reson I decided to use it myself was my love of tinkering with things. Ubuntu works just fine for me, but when I got the itch to find out how the guts really work I switched to Arch.

Let us know how it goes!

Dr Small
May 13th, 2008, 08:17 PM
Challenge him. :D
I would love to see the outcome, and another Arch / Linux user :)

mips
May 15th, 2008, 11:00 AM
First give him Ubuntu/Linux mint and then only give him Arch.

If Arch is going to be his first intro to linux he is going to think it sux to be honest.

medic2000
May 23rd, 2008, 12:17 PM
Yeah give it first Ubuntu or tell or show him the easiness. Then make way for the ArchLinux!

Barrucadu
May 23rd, 2008, 01:12 PM
Irritatingly, I haven't really seen him much since posting this.

chucky chuckaluck
May 23rd, 2008, 02:25 PM
you can lead a horse to water, but it's pretty much up to the worse whether he sinks or swims.