Converting a Windows 7 user to Xubuntu 13.10 & Miscellaneous Observations about Xubuntu 13.10
peter at silmaril.ie
Sat Dec 14 22:55:44 UTC 2013
On 12/14/2013 05:59 PM, Richard Elkins wrote:
> I have converted neighbors and family members to home-PC-Linux since
> 2003, lately exclusively to Xubuntu. They were all non-computer-tech
> people with various levels of experience and education. My simple
> approach (like an interview):
This is an excellent summary, thanks.
> Would you like to
> * avoid being forced to periodically purchase new hardware by the
> basic software vendor?
> * avoid being forced to periodically purchase new versions of
> essentially the same basic software and office software?
> * stop being tempted into stealing software from Microsoft and other
> Windows vendors?
I doubt that would apply here; most of my neighbours and family wouldn't
know how to steal software, and perhaps not even know that it is
possible. But in many circumstances it would be important.
> * reduce time dealing with spyware and viruses because your "basic
> software" (OS) is being targeted by miscreants? Linux like Android
> could still be attacked but this is a probability question. One
> still needs protection on a Linux system.
> Nothing is "free". There are ONE-TIME (fixed) "costs" in terms of
> personal time investment associated with adopting Xubuntu for a new
> non-computer-tech user:
> * During the migration, stored data must be backed up from Windows and
> restored to the new Linux system.
Not usually a problem, but watch out for foolish Windows applications
that store their user files by default in the program installation
directory (probably not under Win 7/8 but certainly a problem with XP).
> * Learn a new desktop and set of programs. Essentially, learn how to
> go find things one uses and operate, in general, in a different
> manner. Change is always a pain. Intelligence and curiosity
> helps. People locked into habits will probably not succeed.
Terminology is also sometimes a problem.
> Potential large hurdles:
> * Gamers and XBox owners. I said "potential". If this is a teenager,
> you can try to sell them about the rebellious open source
> community! (-:
N/A for me :-)
> * Migration of Microsoft Office to LibreOffice - Fortunately, the
> Microsoft Word-documents, Powerpoint-presentations, and
> Excel-spreadsheets are normally converted without too many issues;
> some will probably require some manual cleaning up.
If it's possible to configure Libre Office to Save As...Office 2010 by
default, I haven't found it. Training is needed if the user wants to
exchange Office documents with others.
> The big
> obstacle here is the Visio drawing tool. There isn't a way that I
> could find to convert their drawings to be imported by `dia` or
> other Linux drawing tools. Mine too.
Save As...SVG from Visio. Import into Inkscape.
> * Outlook mail/calendar/etc. - I converted myself a long time ago by
> doing a lot of Windows and Linux programming which effectively moved
> me from Outlook to Yahoo almost-equivalents. I don't recommend this
> approach. This is probably an individual by individual solution,
> assuming there is one for a given individual (no other stumbling
If they were Outlook Express users, move them to Thunderbird. Otherwise
they're almost certainly using web-based email, where the problem
doesn't apply unless they want to use Chrome/FF/Safari to access OWA, in
which case they get the dumb interface instead of the smart one.
> * Photoshop to The Gimp? Photoshop is very complex to operate and so
> is the Gimp. I could not find a way to migrate one artist (my
> daughter) from Windows to Linux because of this single issue (she is
> already a Firefox and LibreOffice user). I don't think she is
> unusual in her disdain for large-scale change of habits.
If this is a deal-breaker, for the sake of $50, get Crossover WINE and
install Photoshop in it. Both Photoshop and GIMP are pains in the butt,
and GIMP used to be one of the most non-obvious interfaces I have used,
although it has improved marginally in the last 2-3 years.
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