Friday Fun: Linux Installfest @ CALIcon12 Edition

Folks,
If you're going to be at CALIcon12 and have some interest in Linux, be
sure to stop by the Linux Installfest on Wednesday evening. All the
details are at http://cca.li/ez and if you're interested in helping
out, drop me a note.

And just which distro should we install? The plan is to use VirtualBox
so we don't need to partition hard drive, etc.

Thanks,
Elmer.

Friday Fun: Linux Installfest @ CALIcon12 Edition

On Fri, May 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM, Elmer Masters <emasters@cali.org> wrote:
> And just which distro should we install? The plan is to use VirtualBox
> so we don't need to partition hard drive, etc.

I can't be there, but I suggest that you consider Linux Mint 13
"Maya". It's a long-term support release (3 years of backporting
apps).

The primary reason for my recommendation is productivity. KDE 4, Gnome
3, and the new Ubuntu "Unity" desktop are so radically different from
the Windows experience as to impose a very large learning curve. Mint
developers recognized this problem and introduced in Mint 12 a default
desktop based on Gnome Shell named Cinnamon that mimics Mint's former
Gnome 2 desktop. This combination of events led thousands of users
first to Ubuntu and then to Mint, which is now the most downloaded
Linux desktop.

Being Ubuntu-derived, Mint has the advantage of the Ubuntu package
repositories for apps and libraries, whilst adding its own repos.

Mint 12 still had rough edges in its emulation of the Gnome 2 desktop,
but this is much improved in Mint 13, whose platinum release was on
the released two days ago. But note that as a fresh release, there are
as-yet-unrepaired issues being reported.

Regardless of which distro chosen, you might also consider adding a
"Getting_Started" file to the desktop stressing the importance of
keeping packages updated and giving instructions to find the app that
does that job or a pointer to "apt" documentation. Perhaps also some
discussion of the availability of tens of thousands of apps via
package downloads from the repositories along with another short
how-to. The above is alien territory for most Windows and OS 2 users.

Perhaps also add a link to a site like
.

Best regards to all,

Paul
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Friday Fun: Linux Installfest @ CALIcon12 Edition

Hey Elmer,

Of course, you know I will be there to help. Should I sign the thingy that I'm coming?
I would vote for ubuntu/kubuntu. It is easy to install, and easy to maintain.

John

John Quentin Heywood
heywood@american.edu