Originally Posted by Brian_GP1200R
Everyone keeps mentioning defrag... Vista does it automatically now, XP hardly ever needed if for average use either... lord knows I probably only ran it twice during the 4-5 years that my copy of XP was up, and my XP box wasn't a dog.
If you stopped answering your phone, your parents would simply ask someone else who isn't trying to push their own agenda about operating systems and they would be perfectly happy running Windows. I'm not saying DON'T run Linux... just saying for the vast majority of people it's a wasted effort, you really aren't gaining much if anything.
I'd love to see actual start up times compared between Linux and Vista as well as performance testing of software that's been ported to both. In my experience Vista "seemed" faster.
Also if you don't want the stupid AV messages, don't install crap AV software (Norton is about the worest ever), and don't download garbage with viruses. You CAN get a virus and malware on Linux too... don't forget that.
Either way, you guys have convinced me to take the challenge (again) since I haven't really played with a Linux desktop in years.
I'm going with kubuntu. I was pretty unhappy with it for the 1st month after release, but they've got the bugs pretty much ironed out. I think it will meet your requirements (though perhaps you would want more eye candy).
As for startup times, I say they are irrelevant to Linux because I never have to shut it down. I do turn off the monitor just to keep the screensaver from dancing around for an hour after I'm done using it, but my computer stays on. I just turn on the monitor and move the mouse and I'm up and running again. So I guess you could say my startup time is under 2 seconds.
Now, if I stopped answering the phone, my parents wouldn't call someone else. They would take a guess and keep guessing until they screwed something up, then they'd spend a hundred bucks or so to get it professionally fixed. And actually, I'm not pushing my own agenda on them. I tell everybody who gets a computer from me, "it's coming installed with linux because it's free and I don't want to go through the trouble of installing an OS that I'm unfamiliar with (Vista). I know Linux, I like linux, it's free. I already have $220 to $600 of your money tied up in your computer, I'll be darned if I'm going to hold onto your OS as well. So you get Linux. Now, if you are happy with Linux, then great. If, however, you come across something it can't do and it frustrates you, then just go ahead and buy windows. It's just a hundred bucks, it's not worth getting aggravated about." That's hardly pushing an agenda, it's presenting a free option.
Honestly, I think you'll be surprised by Linux. Sure, it's taken some time to figure out, and I'm not really comfortable using the konsole yet, but for my uses (no games, lots of writing, surfing, photography, research, etc), it's fantastic. I do believe, for simple uses, it could almost just be an 800 tech support line away from being mainstream.