My mom has a business and mostly uses Windows and Mac OS X; I mentioned Linux because it could help save money.
She is unfamiliar with Linux though; I gave her some basic introduction (uncertain if it’s any good, but sure), but I would like to be able to ease her into Linux if she prefers it.
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She can test out different distros in her browser on https://distrotest.net/index.php
Really though, if she’s just gonna use it for text processing, web browsing and emailing it’s more about the DE than the distro.
Mint, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Elementary, Fedora… should all be good choices.
I think it’s most important to teach her about the differences, no more exes, but instead repo, debs, appimages, flatpaks, and stuff like that. Watching those recent Linus videos might give you good insight in what differences might confuse her.
I agree with you.
My grandmother was completely happy with elementary because more user friendly and she just need a browser and office apps
Elementary 6.1 is astonishingly good - and pretty, too.
People need to experience something before they can ascertain if it is a viable option. Install Ubuntu or Linux Mint on a secondary device, let her see how familiar it is to her.
Then you can explain some of the other advantages of using Linux.
Seconding this! I’ve had the best success by using Linux to revive people’s old laptops that just couldn’t run other modern OSes fast enough, and if they’ve been impressed enough, they’ve ended up installing it on their other devices. Even if not (say, if it didn’t support some applications required for work, for example), they’ve usually at least kept it on said laptop.
I’m going to go with this strategy.
Well, first of all, is it worthy? If she uses photoshop and stuff like that, maybe she just can’t switch / it’s just not worthy. If she uses excel, it’s only getting used to libreoffice. If she uses stuff on browsers, well she can switch easily. If she’s in the second or third category, just say this things: free, open source, fuck microsoft/apple/google, no viruses, it can run even on toaster, I always used it and never had problems (don’t laugh while saying this), r/unixporn, active community and more stuff that I can’t think of rn. If you’re lucky at this point she’ll want to switch and then just guide her in the distro choose.
Do all her applications run on Linux? If not, please don’t switch. She makes money with that. Money > ideology if you can’t afford losing it ;)
Explain the concept of free software to her: that it is free to use for everyone, and reproducible in case the original programmers aren’t interested in it.
Since she is going to use it for her business, she will want to know if it can use peripherals well, which it can in most cases, and if it runs Office. The main document format of the world is .docx, so recommending LibreOffice for the regular user isn’t a good idea since the document isn’t translated well after edited by LibreOffice. I would recommend OnlyOffice - it’s like Google Docs in its features, but it works offline. And it comes bundled with Manjaro, which is an easy to use distribution.
install it everywhere and say it’s Windows 12 Update
I think you should pick a good desktop OS like Linux Mint, and install it and just put it in front of her.
I would avoid complex presentations about what Linux is and stuff like that because that can introduce all kinds of nuances that aren’t strictly necessary to know, which can scare people away.
I was thinking Elementary OS since the DE is similar to MacOS and Windows, but I agree with you.
I recommend Trisquel. Use plasma DE for sure, it provides amazing user experience. Tell her to not expect things exactly like those of Windows or Mac and learn till she becomes comfortable. Initially she’ll struggle, later she won’t even think of using Windows or Mac.
This is assuming her computer can run without any proprietary drivers. Trisquel uses the Linux-libre kernel, so some stuff like WiFi may not work. But if it’s just a desktop workstation that connects to Ethernet, she should have no problem.
I wouldn’t mention it unless she had problems with either Windows or MacOS and expressed a desire to switch to something else.
She wants to try it, because she’s interested in saving money.
Install ElementaryOS on an old laptop, and let her use it.
She runs a business, so sell the ‘free, but used by lots of people’ standpoint, hard.
I like ElementaryOS as well, but there is one big downside in my opinion that makes it less user friendly and that is that it does not officially support upgrading between major versions (e.g. 5.1 to 6.0). You have to either mess with repositories on the terminal and hope for the best or you have to do a complete reinstall. So if you install Elementary OS, make sure to create a separate
/homepartition so you can perform a major upgrade without loosing too much data.
Otherwise, I believe that Elementary OS is quite nice. Although I had to help them at first by pointing out where the application menu is and to help them install LibreOffice (they were already used to it on Windows and it apparently did not show up in the App Centre), they mostly seem to be able to use it themselves with the same amount of assistance required as while using WIndows.
Is she using anything besides a web browser?
On her business computers? No. There’s only one web service she needs to use.
On her home computers? Yes.
What does she use on her home computer?
Mac OS X.
Which apps does she use on macOS? I hope she doesn’t use OmniGraffle.
“Linux, this is Mom, shes looking to adopt you so you be nice Okay?” “Mom, this is Linux”
I’d suggest something like Linux Mint for someone switching over - but rather than me make assumptions about what she’s used before, I usually recommend librehunt.org as a nice starting point to help choose.
oooh that site is so cool, didn’t know about it