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LeetCode: Converting the Wife to Linux

Oct 26, 2006, 01:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Reese)

"I've been wanting to introduce my wife to Linux for quite some time on her old Dell Inspiron 1000 laptop, but there always seemed to be that one little reason to put it off, be it the inability to use her WiFi card, the fact that Linux doesn't work well with laptop standby, or the venerable 'get your geek stuff away from me!' retort. Well, after the latest iteration of the 'install windows, install apps, watch windows grow slower and slower over time,' we finally decided to go ahead and make the switch, and then let her use the laptop for a short trial period and decide whether to keep Linux or move back to Windows. So this past weekend marked the time I took to back up her data and programs from Windows and make the move to Ubuntu version 6.06 Dapper Drake.

"However, I had some difficulties right away, most notably the issues I had with the LiveCD installer. It was very slow on her system--probably a combination of low memory, slow cd-rom, and slow Celeron processor--but the worst problem was that the installer would hang the system whenever it got to the partition editor (gparted)..."

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