I am going to convert (in the Hallelujah sense) one of my best mates to Linux next week when I go back home for a holiday (Woohoo!)
I will try to go XFCE or possibly MATE (I know XFCE and he is such a Tw@t concerning computers he makes my near 80 year old mum look like some sort of NASA tech)
So, I want something solid, reliable and tw@t proof
My mum uses Xubuntu (one of my previous stepping stones to the perfection that is AL , Hallelujah!!!) happily enough
But I also though of Mint XFCE
He wont be able to use forums to work anything out
I will be point of call so will need to sort out reverse VNC like I have with mum
Unfortunately he is one of those people who are as clever as Fook but refuse to understand anything tech
I did ask
Thats exactly my dilema - I liked EOS a lot and found it very easy
But, Mum has been using Xubuntu 16.04 for a few years without probs
Maybe I will install both just in case - she has 1TB and uses about 1 GB
Then via VNC I can change boot sequence if needed I guess
I will take Windows (XP?) off anyway
Personally, I’d recommend against Ubuntu. Keep it simple & remember that X/Lubuntu will have an update requirement at some point in time.
It really doesn’t matter the distro, but the DE. Stick to a simple, mature codebase & DE-specific included programs.
Fedora is a solid base & I do like @Dobbie03 suggestion for EndeavorOS as a rolling release spin is no more or less reliable than a static release when you’ve selected a mature DE environment like Xfce. LXQT isn’t a bad option.
After some thought and just jumping down to one side of the fence or other
It’s definitely gonna be XFCE - mum knows it and I do and I like it
For mum - Xubuntu with Eos installed on another partition
For my mate - Xubuntu
I could easily have chosen otherwise, but its a bit half a dozen of one and six of 'tother
That is what I had planned for my mum
But now I am confused as her computer is my old one from years ago and it has XP on it and I am now vaguely remembering that back then I had to make an extended partition to get enough partitions on it (it seems 4 is the max)
I cant remember exactly why but I think its the underlying structure of the disk format?
Anyway, there is no UEFI partition, just a 50GB partition for XP:
Then the Extended partition that has her DATA (779 GiB) on it, her old Xubuntu (39 GiB) a 4 GiB swap and a new 48GiB ext4 ready for Xubuntu 10.04.
So plenty of space
Can I now just delete everything, reformat the disk to a newer structure (I’m sorry I cant remember what thats called - just searched and its MBR vs GPT?) and start again? thats what I’d like to do.
I have already copied all her data and home files etc to an external disk.
The computer is 32 bit and 64 bit compatible although 'tis old
so I have to check if the motherboard supports GPT?
I will concentrate on getting mum sorted and spend my time doing other stuff
I will check out his computer when back to see how it is set up and make a plan
-Today off to see my daughter’s first teacher to show her what she helped do with giving her the best start in education possible, and then a quick sail today
Actually my old desktop that my mum has is quite cool - I think when she finally gets a new one (prob 2nd hand lappy) I will take it back and put in a new motherboard as my first ever build a computer project
Yup, for sure but to visit is the best solution - ‘the past is a different country’ is so true
Also wise words
My mate is a panel beater and sprayer - one of the best
He also fixes old Alphas and is one of the sharpest guys I know
He went to uni at 45 and got a first (I know Unis arent what they used to be, but …)
But he is a complete tw@t when it comes to computers
He just doesnt WANT to know