Switching a friend to Ubuntu

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at gmail.com
Thu Jan 21 15:58:25 UTC 2010

2010/1/21 NoOp <glgxg at sbcglobal.net>:
> 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).

This site has instructions and a video for making Ubuntu look like Windows:

Dotan Cohen


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