Fedora and the "normal" user

Andras Simon szajmi at gmail.com
Sun Mar 25 19:30:14 UTC 2007

On 3/25/07, Peter Lauri <lists at dwsasia.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I am considering to remove all Windows apps on my staff's computers and
> replace it with Fedora. The main things they use are email, web, chat, word
> processing etc. I know all these are supported in Fedora, and I do like how
> they work (using them my self mostly, unless I am using this computer that
> has windows installed).

But even on Windows, you can turn off this ugly html email, I think.

> Is there anyone here who has enforced usage of Fedora on your staff's
> computers where the staff has pretty low computer experience etc. I assume I
> just need to give them time to get used to it.

I don't have a staff... but even if I did, I'd hate to enforce the
usage of _anything_.

> Would you recommend them to use GNOME or KDE?

I don't use either, but I think KDE looks and feels more Windows-y.

> What is the main concern about a Windows -> Fedora transform for "normal"
> people? My feeling is that most people using Fedora are of higher computer
> experience.

That's my feeling, too.

> Would you let your mum use Fedora instead of and Win XP machine? (assume
> that you installed it properly for her).

I'd let her, but not recommend it to her, unless I'd be sure to have
enough time to administer it for her, too. Installation is just the
first step. Especially with Fedora, which you have to upgrade
regularly. (In this respect, CentOS is probably a better choice.)

I love Linux, and I'm quite happy with Fedora, but I'd recommend a Mac
to my mom.


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