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Re: SEMI TECH: "Windifying" LINUX
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Subject: Re: SEMI TECH: "Windifying" LINUX
From: Willie Barnett <wbradiolists@gmail.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Apr 2018 10:13:06 -0400
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Hey, Lamar! Good to "hear" from you. :)

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On Tue, Mar 27, 2018 at 9:44 AM, Lamar Owen <lowen@pari.edu> wrote:

It's commercial, and costs a bit of change to purchase, Linspire.

​Wow!! $80? For THAT much, it should be 100% Windows compatible, out-of-the-box! :o​ (IOW, drop the DVD in, install, and use it JUST LIKE WINDOWS!)

There is a variant called Freespire that doesn't include some of the integration that Linspire does.

​While this looks interesting, so far, I'm finding that Linux Mint already includes MOST of what the PAID version of Linspire does! (For free!)​ :)

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),

​A Star Trek reference!! :D I LOVE IT!!! :D LOL!!!​ (Of course, Scotty has been my FAVORITE Trek character since the EARLY 70's when I first discovered the show!)

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,

​Cool, I'll check those out, too. :)

According to Distrowatch, Zorin is 12'th. Mint is first. So far, I like Mint quite a bit... I just ​need to find the right means by which to modify it, to make it as Windows-like as possible. So far, I have Mint installed on 3 machines, two of my own at home, and on a swappable HD on one here. I'm tinkering with the MATE desktop, so far.

BTW, I'm the only one here with *ANY* Linux experience. Everyone else is 100% Windows, so it's imperative to get it as "Windows-familiar" as possible. Most are only "user-level" computer literate. Anything beyond the basic use of their existing apps and drag/drop, they call me. ;)

Looks like I have many more posts to read! :)

THANKS!!! :)


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(Willie Barnett <wbradiolists@gmail.com>, 26 Mar 2018 15:44:43 -0000)
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(Lamar Owen <lowen@pari.edu>, 27 Mar 2018 13:45:20 -0000)
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