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 Post subject: Q: Alright for children to use Ubuntu Linux than Windows XP?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:20 am 
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Is it alright to let my 12 year old and 10 year old cousins to use Ubuntu Linux than Windows XP?

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Hi. I have these cousins; they have a computer which runs Windows XP. But their computer is really (really) slow. So I was wondering if it is okay to replace their Windows XP with a Ubuntu Linux.

Because, Ubuntu uses less memory (at least that's what I heard) and all its components are free, that includes an anti-virus and lots of games.

All they can initially do with their computer is: play light games, watch movies (which they get from me) and surf the web. BUT, they still manage to get their computer broken. (Software-wise, I speak.)

However, Ubuntu has its complexity side as well. You can see it by just looking at it. (Or probably because Windows has a larger community than Ubuntu.)

I can just tell them "not to do this", "not to click that" , "do not download and/or install anything because it will not work". I think they will listen to me saying those things.

So, tell me, is it alright to change their operating system from Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux?

P.S. If you could be more polite and add a phrase describing your answer which surly will be "yea do it" / "CRUSH AND BURN!!!!" / "try giving him a free-ipad.com" -- I will be very happy.

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Additional details: The size of their hard drive is approximately 30GB

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They can't play games such as Call of Dudy because as what I mentioned on my question; their computer is really *really* slow. As I recall, their RAM is 258MB.

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 Post subject: Re: Q: Alright for children to use Ubuntu Linux than Windows
PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 3:21 am 
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MY ANSWER

Been using Linux a couple years now and as a diehard windows user of 10 years - well Linux is a really exciting computer system and all things you mention are mostly true except that I am of the opinion that even though Linux is as good or better than Windows (security wise) it is actually easier to use than Windows. Just like getting a Windows PC and getting used to how to use it - it is the same with Linux. Since the kids already know how to basic stuff like launch / start a game and so on - and don't click anything else and so on - well they will already know how to do the same with Linux.

All computer systems (Windows, AppleMac, Linux etc) are very sophisticated inventions - but that is all the automatic stuff in the background you need not be concerned with unless into programming. For the average consumer - they all set up everything to use as automatic as possible. Don't be afraid of Linux because there is no geek-nerdy have-to-know anything involved. It does everything Windows does but seems more simplistic to use and you don't have to worry about any of the Windows viruses, trojans, worms, spyware - malware - because they don't work on Linux. I have always said Linux is so easy to use a kid can't even mess it up !

Recently my brother was given a Linux Netbook and my niece of 10 years old is using it already ! You can go to Users like in Windows and add a User for the kids. Windows has the Administrator and Regular User so that the regular User (without Administrator privileges) is not able to make changes to the system - just basic stuff like browsing, using games, email, using most softwares, etc. It is the same with Linux to create a regular User and that is one of the safety measures in Linux normally that kind of keeps the Administrator as a regular user until needed like applying system Updates occasionally like Windows Updates except for Linux. Windows Vista was designed like this with UAC User Account Control. In Linux the Administrator is called Root and like the Administrator as Super User. Everything is very simple and does not come into play unless like installing softwares (Software Repository / Ubuntu Software Center built right into Linux) or applying some occasional Security Update which you can even just set to install automatically. The small window pop up comes up asking your password for consent. That can block the kids so they can not make changes.

There are the children friendly versions of Linux but I recommend the Ubuntu Linux 10.04 LTS (Long Term Support). It is completely stable and secure and the easiest interface for both Adults and children as a family computer use. As mentioned, you can add the children User account and occasionally check in as the "Administrator" to use and or make changes or updates occasionally. This is the version as well that had also one of the very first netbook systems - Ubuntu Linux Netbook Edition Remix 10.04. Fantastic on Netbooks !

Linux is much lighter as Windows is a resource hog for sure. 30 Gig drive is plenty enough room for Linux and like 25 Gigs to download like media files and so on. Plenty of room. 258RAM is low end and just fine. Like in Windows with Virtual Memory (temporary borrows RAM memory from drive) Linux also has this as Paging and Swap File allocation if the system needs it. So you can actually get like 500M to 1Gig RAM actually if needed.

PS.... Ubuntu has a whole kid software section built in !


Source(s):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swap_file
http://www.linux.com/news/software/appl ... swap-space

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