I am helping out a friend of mine. She has an old version of Linux on her Dell Inspirion 8600 laptop (Mepis 4.3) and wants something newer. Her needs are rather modest. She wants the following:
* CD Playback
* DVD playback
* ipod compatibilty
* Ability to play Flash video.
* Ability to read/write NTFS
* Wireless with WPA.
* Run Latex, Beamer, and Maple
* Store pictures and read from digital camera.
Currently, here linux has a dual boot configuration. I think it probably looks like:
I would like to change it so that it looks like
Linux Mint 4.0 KDE CE
The home partition because the next time she needs to upgrade, I could just install without affecting home.
I thought of using Linux Mint because of the multimedia codec and general good all around usability. Unfortunately, she is a KDE user and so I will need to use Linux Mint 4.0 KDE CE. Linux Mint 5 KDE CE hasn't been release yet. The software may be a bit old, but she probably doesn't need something latest and greatest, just something stable and functional.
Is there anything to watch out for? I have been testing the install on a VM, and so far I notice that Picasa isn't working, but F-Spot should work pretty well in its place.