Switching a friend to Ubuntu

NoOp glgxg at sbcglobal.net
Thu Jan 21 01:38:14 UTC 2010

On 01/20/2010 03:13 AM, Avi Greenbury wrote:
> Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> > Please any positive advice on what *buntu would be best for my
>> > friend?
>> >
>> Flamewar! I prefer Kubuntu for Windows converts.
> I'd echo this, but add that if you do want to change the UI to make it
> more Windowsy, you should be going for familairty and a consistency of
> logic, not just aping Windows. I'd stick with vanilla KDE, though.
> Apart from anything else, HowTo's stay accurate and pertinent.
> If it looks *exactly* like Windows, he's going to expect it to be
> Windows underneath, and it isn't. I've seen many people get put off
> Linux by having a go on a Linux install that's trying very hard to be
> exactly the same as Windows - you never get all of it, and the small
> differences can be terribly confusing, especially to the less computer
> literate.

Mumbles to self...

Gnome. Right click the bottom panel and click "Add to Panel" and then
add 'Main Menu'. Put it in the left most side of the bottom panel move
the Desktop icon just to the right & tell them that is the 'Start' menu.
Move the calendar/clock down to the lower right of the bottom panel, add
a few icons on the desktop: home folder, trash, firefox, whatever.
Adjust the bottom left of the panel to show a firefox & OOo icon &
remove the top panel if you wish & you're pretty much done. If you want
it to look like Win7, just modify the compiz settings to your hearts
content :-)

The above works and appears more "Windows like" than KDE ever has (IMO).

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