[ILUG] Aunt Tillie doesn't get Linux after all
watty at eircom.net
Tue Jul 22 12:02:52 IST 2008
Conor Wynne wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 22, 2008 at 9:42 AM, Nick Murtagh <nickm at go2.ie> wrote:
>> Niall O Broin wrote:
>>> So, Aunt Tillie is back on XP. It, and AVG, and Zone Alarm will be
>>> regularly updated, and I'll get the occasional panicky phone call. C'est
>>> la vie . .
>> You got wireless networking working in XP??? I didn't think it
>> was possible...
> Wifi is, IMO, the single biggest issue with desktop linux. It rarely works
> without major pain.
> Even with certified hardware, it's still dodgy.
> My Fedora 9 box (tellyvision) is currently in vista mode for this very
> Wifi worked less painfully with opensuse on the same box, it is intermittent
> Desktop apps are now less of an issue, but no wifi these days normally means
> useless komputa.
The "out of the box" Eee PC 900 is eminently suitable for Aunt Tilly.
One of my non-tech lads has it and it works perfectly with our Dlink
Airpoint/router using WPA. (Why is anyone using WEP?)
Web, Email, OpenOffice etc all pre-installed. Simple Tabbed Desktop.
Only a "power user" would want to change the version of Linux/Window
Skype working on it fine too.
It seems easier than OSX, XP, Vista, Ubuntu(gnome or KDE), Win98, NT3.x,
Win3.x, Archos 605, Symbian Smart Phone. Much faster than a Vostro
running XP or my 1.8GHz P4 laptop running Ubuntu
Seriously more useful screen than 7" version and less fisher pricy,
gives appearance of more solid construction.
Keyboard is nicer for me than my Wifes full size Acer, though not as
good as my Inspiron 8200.
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