| From: Aidan Delaney <adelaney at cs.may.ie>
| Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2004 14:41:02 +0100
| On Mon, 2004-08-09 at 00:37 +0100, Niall O Broin wrote:
| > I'm more or less settled on SuSE 9.1 as the distribution, for the
| > simple reason that I use it in a number of places, and I have media
| > available. I'm open to persuasion as to a better distribution but to be
| > honest, there'd have to be a pretty compelling reason. After all, this
| > PC is going to run Mozilla (for web and email) and Open Office, and
| > that is it - it hardly matters what distribution I use.
| I don't know much about SuSE. Here are some general pointers on
| migrating Windows users (SuSE may fix some of these).
I use SUSE 9.1 (Pro) at home, and so have a few comments here....
| * Download flash etc... for her
if it aint't broke don't fix it. (nothing to do with SUSE.)
| * Use firefox (even epiphany or konqueror) instead of full Moz, they're
| much niftier
Mozilla (and presumably Firefox) have much more complete support
for all the weirdo nonsense/formats out there than Konqueror or
Opera (no idea about Epiphany (never heard of it!) --- but I note
the Epiphany on my SUSE 9.1 system does not have much control over
anything (e.g., poor privacy controls) and so may not be a good
choice?). I myself use Opera, but resort to Mozilla/Firefox (or
sometimes Konqueror) on the odd site Opera cannot handle. all of
these browsers (and more!) are included in the SUSE 9.1 Pro distro;
I have no idea about the Personal distro.
( N.b., the SUSE 9.1 Personal is on this month's LFX cover DVD
(but you need to burn a CD?). )
| * In Windows when connecting to the internet, one just clicks on IE.
| Under Gnome/KDE one has to Gnome PPP/KPP and then click on the browser.
| This should be well explained (big sheet of instructions on the wall) to
| users. This is stupid behaviour on Linux, but would probably take too
| much work to fix.
whilst I do not use dial-on-demand (I use diald(8) dial-on-request),
this was not true in SuSE 9.1 and is not true in SUSE 9.1 --- KPPPD
(at least) comes "out of the box" (AFAICR) set up ready to do dial-
on-demand. and at least in 9.1, it seemed to work (I had problems
in 7.3). but I suspect yer kiloage will vary?
| Good luck with the modem. I've often just dumped Winmodems and taken
| old internal hardware modems out of the skip.
yes. IMHO, this will be yer biggest problem (with SUSE 9.1),
unless, as someone said, the Aunt likes to frag triangles.
| Aidan Delaney email: adelaney at cs.may.ie
| web: http://www.cs.may.ie/~adelaney
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