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Old 20. Jan 2014, 11:58 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Linux version for techno-peasant

I've got a friend with a Windows XP machine. Because MS is discontinuing support for XP he sensibly wants to switch. I suggested Linux instead of buyng Windows 8.

What distro of Linux would be best for the unskilled and uninterested in becoming skilled? What disto looks and feels the most like the Windows he knows how to use.

Yes, I know this will not be the fastest or most feature-laden Linux.
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Old 21. Jan 2014, 06:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's almost impossible to advise in a situation like this because your friend really needs to interact in person with those offering advice here. In any case we would need more information as to the type of use the PC is put to on a daily basis and what if any specific program/gaming requirements there might be.

A lot of Linux distros can be made to look like Windows but Zorin set out from the start to provide this function, so this might be a starting point.

http://zorin-os.com/
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I believe Freespire was conceived with that in mind.
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I believe Freespire was conceived with that in mind.
As far as I'm aware this is now dead.

"The final release of Freespire was 2.0.8, released on 30 November 2007. This was based on Ubuntu 7.04 which was supported for 18 months and reached end-of-life on 19 October 2008. Freespire therefore receives no security updates from upstream at present. The distribution is now considered "Discontinued" by distrowatch.com".

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freespire

Be pleased to know if the project has been resurrected somewhere.
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Old 22. Jan 2014, 07:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I like the phrase techno-peasant, it's cute yet insulting!
Linux Mint, I'd say.
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Linux Mint, I'd say.
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No Freespire is dead. I was only commenting that it was designed that way.

I would now recommend Puppy to Windows users wanting to dual boot.
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Mint resembles Mac OS X with its default user interface, unless you choose the KDE spin.

Another neat candidate would be MEPIS AntiX with IceWM.
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