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If they want to keep Linux but have a more Windows like environment a great distro to go with is Zorin OS. I have found that it is a great entry level Linux OS and looks and operates fairly similar to Windows.
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If they want to keep Linux but have a more Windows like environment a great distro to go with is Zorin OS. I have found that it is a great entry level Linux OS and looks and operates fairly similar to Windows.

I did checkout Zorin before. I just went with Ubuntu because of the large amount of support. Only 1 student is using Ubuntu at this point. All the others have switched to windows. I honestly didn't think they would stay with Linux very long but I loved the option of Linux because it allowed me to get a little more PC for them (because I didn't have to factor OS in budget) and got them up and running till they could afford Windows.
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Very good idea about calling Microsoft! Can't hurt. I did explain this but perhaps I will send them an e-mail. I'll try to dig up a number for them too. I will also let them know that windows 8 does go on sale here and there fairly often.

I am not sure how flexible they would be with their operating system prices (When I was in college I would get free keys to almost anything) But I do know they can get microsoft office extremely cheap even if they are in grade school. I have MS office pro for my work laptop just for outlook, but I usually use LibreOffice. Good, opens almost any format, and free.
 
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I am not sure how flexible they would be with their operating system prices (When I was in college I would get free keys to almost anything) But I do know they can get microsoft office extremely cheap even if they are in grade school. I have MS office pro for my work laptop just for outlook, but I usually use LibreOffice. Good, opens almost any format, and free.

Yeah I agree. They probably won't help too much but it's one of things that doesn't hurt to try. And all the the students have Libre Office on their PC's smile.gif It is a great free program. So far I haven't had any phone calls so I am assuming that the computers are working fine. If they need an outlook type program I would tell them to use thunderbird. Off is great if you have it already like I do (2007) but Libre is a great alternative. Especially for them because mostly they will just be writing papers and printing them. Actually what they do now is just send them off on their school login thingy so they don't even need to print. But for that I think they use google docs.
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Yeah I agree. They probably won't help too much but it's one of things that doesn't hurt to try. And all the the students have Libre Office on their PC's smile.gif It is a great free program. So far I haven't had any phone calls so I am assuming that the computers are working fine. If they need an outlook type program I would tell them to use thunderbird. Off is great if you have it already like I do (2007) but Libre is a great alternative. Especially for them because mostly they will just be writing papers and printing them. Actually what they do now is just send them off on their school login thingy so they don't even need to print. But for that I think they use google docs.

Only reason I dont use thunderbird is because using active directory/LDAP with it sucks horribly!
 
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