I am from Melbourne, Australia. Basically, I have promised a friend in Cambodia that I will set up and send them a laptop, with internet/Skype capabilities a must. I have been a strictly Linux user (started with Mint and never saw a need to stray!) for the last couple of years, and I am basically *just* a user, not a technical genius (though I really want to get my skills and knowledge up eventually!). Now, the laptop I acquired has a Windows 7 installation already. I have Mint installed alongside it (Mint 10). I would love for Mint to be their main OS, but I know that if that's to be the case (at least initially, Mint will still be there when their Windows installation goes screwy!), everything they need will have to just work. They'll only need internet and skype access, really, not much at all (I will put some games on there for the kids too [super meat boy ftw!]). They will most likely use wireless broadband.
As my language probably wouldn't be fit for guiding them through installation of the modem (and I won't be able to be there), I was wondering how I could go about pre-installing and verifying the usage of a particular wireless dongle on the system? Assuming they don't opt for the wireless router, of course. I think Metfone will be the provider I recommend to them, according to what I've heard. The models they provide are MF190S and E173 (as well as the MF30 wifi router). *Is* there any way I could do something before I send them the machine to make the installation process easier? What details do I need, can I use an "australian" equivalent of the same dongle model to install and test? Should I get one of theirs sent over? Will they have any problems installing it themselves? (Am I being paranoid?)
I am a bit of a control freak and would rather leave nothing to chance I would really love for Mint to be their OS of choice, as I know it's in their best interests, but they don't, but as soon as they reach some insurmountable difficulty I know they'll just default to Windows (or to people who only know windows!). So I want to get everything working perfectly first.
I booted up Mint 12 and it seemed to have no problems, but I hear 13 is a LTS, and I would love to install that for them before sending it. (Hopefully that gnome release is expected soon?)
Any advice is greatly appreciated!