bthylafh wrote:Mint Cinnamon is my go-to distro at the moment.
bthylafh wrote:You'll probably want to install Evolution if she really wants something like Outlook for email and calendar but otherwise it should do those things without help.
I had forgotten how bad it could be. I'm bringing up a PC-BSD 10 Virtual Machine at the moment (mostly to play with ZFS (mostly because of that bit-rot thread a few days back)). PC-BSD makes Linux seem as easy to use as Linux makes Windows seem easy to use.just brew it! wrote:geek/tinkerer
NovusBogus wrote:There are a couple of 'old people Linux' distros floating around with a customized UI but they're proprietary spins that come bundled with overpriced hardware and best avoided.
just brew it! wrote:Ack... has Evolution gotten any better? Last time I tried it (probably about 3 years ago) it was pretty flaky. If she doesn't need the calendar functionality, I'd say Thunderbird is the way to go for e-mail.
bthylafh wrote:I don't use it myself (too heavy), but OP mentioned Exchange and IIRC Evolution has the best support for an Exchange server, although (again IIRC) it depends on the Exchange admin having set up web services.
deepblueq wrote:I tend to think desktop environment is more important than the distro. Nobody I'm doing this work for cares about the eye-candy in a mainstream DE - whatever it is, I'll configure it to look as much like Windows as I can anyway (for familiarity). If it can do that well, and has no other major shortcomings, the deciding factor is speed. LXDE and Xfce both are configurable enough for everything to be in a familiar spot (I even screenshotted a WinXP taskbar at one point and used that and the start button as a skin in LXDE ), and they're both blazing fast. Their speed has gotten compliments all on its own, and at least once has kept an old system in use that wouldn't have been much good with Gnome or KDE, much less Windows.
deepblueq wrote:If anyone has the resources to make everything everywhere Just Work (or as close as we're going to get), it's Canonical (Ubuntu). Personally I can't stand Canonical or Ubuntu (not invented here syndrome and bloat, respectively), but Linux Mint seems to keep most of Ubuntu's good points and discard most of its bad ones. It's also available with Xfce, which saves some trouble. I've done 4 or 5 Mint Xfce installs now (including two on my own computers), and everything has Just Worked to an impressive degree. I haven't even found downsides of any note. Full disclosure, my most-used machine is Arch with Openbox, but that's really a different OS with different goals entirely. My gaming machine is Mint Xfce, though.
just brew it! wrote:If she doesn't need the calendar functionality, I'd say Thunderbird is the way to go for e-mail.
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