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from what i noticed when getting SuperTux game or other apps, instead of the usual download button as seen in Windows, there's a line you paste into the terminal, then sudo it, and viola it's installed.

That is drastically different, and i am wondering whether to put Ubuntu on my granny's old laptop... i don't think i should.
     
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You can install it using the software centre that's included in Ubuntu which gives you an install button and progress bar and all that which you normally get in windows. Handy tool for new linux users.
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ah, that's true, even granny can do that. But yea Linux is a different beast compared to the usual Windows way of doing things. Like, updating drivers, how is that done in Linux?
     
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Originally Posted by ChronoBodi View Post
ah, that's true, even granny can do that. But yea Linux is a different beast compared to the usual Windows way of doing things. Like, updating drivers, how is that done in Linux?

In my experiences, the only thing that needs a driver is the video card. And I know in Debian based systems it's really easy. Just go to hardware drivers and it will find the ones it needs, if any.
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In my experiences, the only thing that needs a driver is the video card. And I know in Debian based systems it's really easy. Just go to hardware drivers and it will find the ones it needs, if any.
All drivers come with linux, with the exception of a few proprietary drivers (needed for things like 3D and maybe certain audio cards). They ship everything with the kernel so you don't really install anything. The only other exception is very specific hardware that hasn't been integrated into the linux kernel, usually new hardware.
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Yeah, Linux isn't Windows

The software centre should have it all. If it's in the central Ubuntu repository, you can install it from software centre (or Synaptic, if you prefer).

With Ubuntu, you can avoid the terminal completely if you wish. It's just preferred when giving instructions, because a copy-paste is easier than:
"click on 'this', then the button in the bottom-right labelled 'that', then scroll down to find the check box labelled 'foo', and click the 'bar' button"
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Don't even try it. I don't think older people can easily catch on to entirely new systems of installing software. My parents have enough trouble with Windows alone, and my grandparents don't even use computers that often at all.
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lol Rothen, the software center is about the easiest thing in the world to learn. I would say it's harder to learn MS Office than the Ubuntu Software Center.

If they are too uncomfortable with Linux:

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.p...content=142541

Just make it look like windows, then just teach them the Software Center. For all they know they will have windows with alternative FOSS programs.
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Don't even try it. I don't think older people can easily catch on to entirely new systems of installing software. My parents have enough trouble with Windows alone, and my grandparents don't even use computers that often at all.
just install a virus that brings up a pr0n website randomly generated from google every 10 seconds next time they ask you to help fix their computer.... that will make them figure out how to trouble shoot stupid stuff themselves

and old people do fine in linux as long as they dont have to install something lol
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and old people do fine in linux as long as they dont have to install something lol
This.

Old people don't have much use for strange & unusual software. Give them an office package and a web browser with Flash, and they're pretty much set
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