GNOME and your grandma
Posted Aug 18, 2005 17:49 UTC (Thu) by rknop
In reply to: GNOME and your grandma
Parent article: GNOME and the way forward
My wife has a similar experience.
She needs to surf the internet and read email (both with Mozilla at the moment), and do some writing (with Emacs at the moment). She also listens to some online radio streams (gmplayer).
I set her up with FVWM. Works. She didn't set it up herself-- that would be asking too much. But once I set up the dock buttons and the menu items, she was good to go. And, it works well enough on her 266 MHz PC. (OpenOffice.org is a dog on that, at least starting up, but the window manager is just fine.)
I used to set up new student accounts on my machines at work with KDE, under the theory that it's enough like Windows that they will figure it out more easily. Nowadays-- FVWM. Preconfigured to do most of what they want. It's just so much cleaner and simpler and faster. It gets them going, and they'll need to be doing Unix things from the command line anyway. (You can't run IRAF from a menu-- or if you do, it opens a terminal in which to run it anyway.)
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