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    Best Linux OS for my parents

    Hi guys.

    I'm looking for a distro to use for my parents. Something easy for them to use. They mostly use Google and Youtube.

    It's an old laptop. Here are the specs.

    Toshiba P200-RT5
    Intel® Core2 Duo Processor T5300 1.73GHz
    Memory : 2x1 GB DDR2 (667 MHz)
    160GB HD @ 5400rpm
    Optical Drive : Built-in DVD Super-Multi Double Layer Drive
    Graphics : Mobile Intel 945GM Express

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    Re: Best Linux OS for my parents

    Linux Mint is usually a good bet, especially those older folks who dont know much about computers.
    If they ever used XP linux mint will come pretty natural.

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    Re: Best Linux OS for my parents

    May I suggest Kubuntu as KDE is most like Windows.

    They may find the top navigation bar a bit confusing in Ubuntu.

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    Re: Best Linux OS for my parents

    Which Linux Mint? KDE? Seems like there are a lot of versions.

    I'd check out Kubuntu as well.

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    Re: Best Linux OS for my parents

    My mom's been using Linux Mint for years and loves it. Mint is also what I install for anyone old or young thats new to Linux and it's always worked out great. It's quick and easy to set-up, has a good menu, and media codecs are already installed. I always stop hearing from someone after I get them going on Mint. Windows seems to be way harder to use just based on "support requests" lol.
    I bought a computer for my mom this year that came with Windows 7. She used it for a while but eventually started having so much trouble with it that I just put linux mint on it, which is what was on her old computer, and she was good to go, no more issues.

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    Re: Best Linux OS for my parents

    My wife and I recently bought her 83 year old dad a new computer, and we put Xubuntu on it. His eyes aren't too good, so we got an illuminated keyboard. We set it up with the larger fonts and icons.

    He picked up on it pretty fast, and he's been having a ball with it.

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    Re: Best Linux OS for my parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Matryx View Post
    Which Linux Mint? KDE? Seems like there are a lot of versions.

    I'd check out Kubuntu as well.
    All versions of mint are suitable really.
    No difference in the end except for the default UI.
    But all UI's on mint are going to be very kind to a windows user.

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    Re: Best Linux OS for my parents

    I would argue that whichever OS you do choose to put them on, your help when they need it is invaluable in making sure they stick with it. Best of luck
    // Blog

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    Re: Best Linux OS for my parents

    Debian Wheezy Xfce. Just Google the wireless card first to see how it works. The reason I suggest Debian over Ubuntu especially for your parents is that less is likely to break and have them asking you for help. Not that Ubuntu is buggy or anything it's just that debian they test stuff to death before the release it as stable where as Ubuntu is based on the Debian unstable branch which is the development version of Debian.
    Whoever came up with the phrase "There is no such thing as a stupid question" obviously never had the internet.

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    Re: Best Linux OS for my parents

    Quote Originally Posted by mamamia88 View Post
    Debian Wheezy Xfce. Just Google the wireless card first to see how it works. The reason I suggest Debian over Ubuntu especially for your parents is that less is likely to break and have them asking you for help. Not that Ubuntu is buggy or anything it's just that debian they test stuff to death before the release it as stable where as Ubuntu is based on the Debian unstable branch which is the development version of Debian.
    Eh I would not recommend debian to a total linux outsider.
    Dont get me wrong, I really like debian as it is the basis for where Ubuntu comes from but it not including things like firefox and having codecs that are harder to install for the newcomer I rather have someone usae ubuntu for as unstable as it can be.

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