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Old 10. Nov 2014, 10:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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So at this point in time, what distro/desktop (+ customization) would be easiest for Grandma to recognize/use/adapt if it were setting beside her old XP machine?

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Some Linux Distro with XP theme ...
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So at this point in time, what distro/desktop (+ customization) would be easiest for Grandma to recognize/use/adapt if it were setting beside her old XP machine?

Thanks for a starting point!
It depends on the Grandma model. There is a general misconception that older people are either unable or unwilling to master new skills whereas this is mostly not the case.

In terms of general use, such as opening a browser, playing a video, managing email and documents, these all function like their equivalent Windows programs, i.e. Firefox/Chrome, VLC, Thunderbird and Open Office are cross platform applications, and these or something very like them will already be installed in the distro.

In terms of "Look", some distros such as Zorin provide a dedicated Windows look as a pre-configured option. Others can be made to look this way if so desired with a bit of customization.

http://zorin-os.com/

In my own experience though, folks are more glad to get rid of the Windows look and use something completely different.
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Zorin's possibly a good choice as it's visually that bit more similar. Of course, two of the great things about Linux are that it's free and you can 'try before you buy' (or rather, try before you install), just run it from a LiveCD (DVD). So you can try a few out on Grandma and see which she prefers. I'd suggest giving Linux Mint a try. Maybe not as pretty as some, but that may not be a bad thing.
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I like Puppy (as a Windows user)
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I like OpenBSD (as a Windows user), so that's probably not a point.

At least the "which desktop?" question is easy to answer: Use KDE. It resembles Windows as good as you can achieve.
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I second Mint and suggest you try the xfce desktop - in practical terms it is very close to Windows in looks, is remarkably stable and in my experience will pick up and configure most hardware.
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I think you need to be careful which distro you use depending upon how old the computer is and what specs it has. If it's a Windows XP machine, then I imagine it's pretty old. My experience with some of the newer Linux distros (i.e. Mint) is that they can be pretty sluggish on an old machine.

For older machines, I prefer Puppy, Peppermint, or Linux Lite.
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For older machines, I prefer Puppy, Peppermint, or Linux Lite.
2.2 beta of Linux Lite just released.

https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/index.php?topic=1143
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