On 03/26/2018 11:44 AM, Willie Barnett wrote:
The primary goal being to make using Linux as FAMILIAR to Windows
users (like myself and others) as possible. (Especially for others!) I
want people to be able to "just get in and drive", and not have to go
to "driving school" to learn a whole new interface/way of driving.
Good morning, Willie!
There is a distribution out there that is more like Windows than most
others, called Linspire. The release announcement for the latest
version, 7.0, can be read at
It's commercial, and costs a bit of change to purchase, Linspire. There
is a variant called Freespire that doesn't include some of the
integration that Linspire does. Back in the day, if you wanted a Linux
that looked like Windows, Linspire (formerly called 'Lindows' (which
trademark is now owned by Microsoft)) was what you got.
I wish I could help you further, but I'm Linux-native and very
accustomed to doing most management from the shell (I was using a
Unix-like shell when Windows was still in diapers.. uh, was at version
2.0), but it's very true that the right-drag would be nice to have in
Nautilus (GNOME file manager); left-drag on the same filesystem defaults
to a move, across filesystems it defaults to copy. Earlier KDE (if I'm
remembering correctly) did a very Windows-like right-drag in Konqueror,
and that early (3.x) KDE is still available as the 'trinity' desktop.
Since it doesn't matter to me if my Linux looks and feels like Windows,
I tend to just use whatever I'm using on the servers I admin, and that
currently is CentOS 7. But since it does matter to you and others, I
did a quick look and found a couple of Linux distributions that look
like they mimic Windows really closely. Check out Zorin OS (
www.zorinos.com ) and Chalet OS (
https://sites.google.com/site/chaletoslinux/home ). Zorin appears to be
much more up-to-date than Chalet, with a new release earlier this month,
whereas it's been a couple of years for Chalet (but, since it's based on
Ubuntu 16.04, you'll still get security updates up through now). Zorin
has a low-cost 'ultimate' version with some nice-sounding addons, or the
free 'core' version that still sounds pretty nice.