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Hehe.. errors like this (or the real versions thereof) are one of the many reasons I switched to Linux. ;)

The last time my development machine was down, was 102 days ago (no problems in all that time). From memory, I think it was due to a neighbourhood power failure or something.

No viruses.. no worms.. no spyware.. no blue-screens-of-death.. no worries. ;)

Could be a bit of a problem for PC fixer-uppers though Yakka - the work would spiral down a little if everyone was running it. ;)

[email protected]:~# uptime
10:51:31 up 102 days,

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It will be a LOOOOOONG time before the average user starts using LINUX mate, windows gets ramed down ya throat and most software companies still don't fully suport UNIX based OSs. Not to mention hardware compatibility, which is for the most part quite good, but at times a little more challenging than windows. the average user wants it to be a little more simple. I'm sure you're thinking "how can it be more simple than UBUNTU, or some other new distros?" but the reality is, most users don't even know what an OS is, let alone the difference between them. Hell, I consider myself to be somewhat of a 'power user' as quite a few people on this forum are also and yet I am still only dabling in the world of LINUX, and I'm still not entirely sure why after spending 5 years getting used to XP's issues. I don't deny that LINUX has a place in our world, and it's getting more and more popular, but most users are of a high knowlege level, the type that won't call someone like me for help anyway. The answers to most problems, if not all, are on the net, ya just gotta have the patience to find them.
 

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but I can't trust my parents to not click on the "click here to speed up your computer" banner every time it pops up, so linux gives them a bit of a safety zone. ;)
That's funny, but sad how easy it is to get sucked in to those things.

It's great that you have your family using LINUX mate, for browsing, emails and even a bit of word processing I'm sure it's more efficient, stable, and by far a lot more secure, but outside of this, what software applications do you use that support LINUX without a windows emulator. (WINE is not an emulator, funniest name for an app ever)
 

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I had a look at Lindows some times ago (or whatever it's called nowadays), I liked it but it's total lack of support for my USB modem meant it just wasn't an option for me. Aside from that though, I think any person that can use windows would have no problem using the Lindows product.
 

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but I can't trust my parents to not click on the "click here to speed up your computer" banner every time it pops up, so linux gives them a bit of a safety zone. ;)
Lmao i do that too.......i know it not going to work and the chance is im going to have to set there and remover all the spyware by hand in safe mode........but hey keep you on your toes :roll:
 

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I had a look at Lindows some times ago (or whatever it's called nowadays), I liked it but it's total lack of support for my USB modem meant it just wasn't an option for me. Aside from that though, I think any person that can use windows would have no problem using the Lindows product.
Gav, doesn't that modem have Ethernet? much better way to set up a modem IMO. NIC cards are cheap these days.
 

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See, here's the problem with Linux. I'm crawling across that site and finding out some basics about how to install, do you need to format your existing drive, all the basic stuff just isn't easily available.
It's easier if I run up a crap box to test it all out.
 

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Installation if really very simple, just follow the instructions, just remember to create a swap partition that is AT LEAST as big as your total amount of RAM. This is where it is probably beyond the average user. If you have never done any partitioning it will be quite confusing, but if you have ever used partition magic or similar you shouldn't have a problem working it out. Take your time and read all the little tips it gives you as you go.
 

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