[ubuntu-uk] ubuntu sophisticated

alan c aeclist at candt.waitrose.com
Thu Jan 4 10:29:16 GMT 2007

Robin Menneer wrote:
> Neil
> As a new comer to Ubuntu,


> I find that it is unnecessarily
> sophisticated. 

It would be very useful to know a little more about an example or two 
on what you find as over sophisticated.

I set up and ran the age concern berks UKOnline Centre for some years 
in Reading, and I would be happy to be aware of your desired approach.

> What I need is an operating system that will run Open
> Office and similar freeware on a simple turn-key basis, and not all
> the facilities that I seem to have on my downloaded version of Ubuntu
> - which I had to get someone else to install.  I don't mind
> non-essentials being on the hard drive, but I don't want to be able to
> access it or to suffer if it goes wrong.   I started computing with
> Fortran 1 over 30 years ago and had one of the first Commodore Pets,
> and have managed to keep away from Windows, moving from DOS to Susi
> and Tiger

You did well to stay away from windows. I do not know what susi and 
tiger are though, sorry.

> Now aged 75 my needs are much more simple and your
> attitude to a suitable cut-down desktop based Obuntu would suit me as
> well as to newcomers.

There are various possibilities. It is easy for the install person to 
first install a standard system  and then remove  a lot of programs, 
and some facilities if they know what is required. The problem arises 
when people want different things.  One person wants to play a video 
and another wants to use online chatrooms (my very aged ex mother in 
law), another just letters and email etc.

Where in the UK are you located?
alan cocks
Kubuntu user#10391

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