Just setup up a new PC for my wife - MiniITX Atom, passive cooling on the
motherboard - whisper quiet and easily powerful enough for her needs - email,
web and card/strategy games.
Up to now she's been Windows XP all the way but she agreed to give Kubuntu a
spin as XP is definitely getting past its use by date.
First off the install, Kubuntu 10.04, done this a lot now
Booted off a USB
As usually quite fast and painless, especially onto a blank PC. Hardware
detection - flawless, sound, USB, ethernet, video & effects all worked perfectly
without any configuration. Took 15 minutes. I remember the XP install taking
over an hour, and I had to trawl the net for drivers.
Couple of stand outs:
- Wireless has been a pain in the past but this time - My Billion USB
Wireless, plugged it in, Network manager auto detected, popped up a dialog to
auto create a connection with all the local wireless networks detected. Picked
mine, put in the pass phrase (WPA2), stored it in KWallet and its worked
perfect every since, auto-connecting on every boot. The XP machine was
continually flaky with it.
- USB Printer, a Samsung Laser ML-1740. Went to add it to the print manager
and found it already auto created with the correct drivers and ports etc. Just
worked. Gob smacked.
Wine - she had a few old windows 95 shareware games. They all worked fine under
wine. Except for Civilisation II. And freeciv while good - doesn't really
replace Civ II. Pity that one.
She really *really* likes the KDE Card & Strategy games, much better than the
windows ones. My complements to the creators of KPatience and others, they
look so professional and slick, they make a huge impression.
The KDE4 Desktop effects leave a good lasting impression too, the blurring and
various other subtle effects integrate well.
Dropbox - her documents where already stored on Dropbox, it was trivially easy
to get that working on Kubuntu. X-Fingers that OpenOffice 3.2 can cope with all
her Office2000 docs.
Looking very good so far, hopefully another Linux Convert! Not that my wife
just so long as it all works. But much less support headaches for me.
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