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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by oxygenfarm » Sun Feb 04, 2018 12:55 pm

What is all this crap about age? I am 85 and enjoy using Mint 18.3 for much more than just killing time on Solitaire.

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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by Petermint » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:15 pm

32GB tablets and notebooks use eMMC storage which is the silicon from a 32 GB SD card soldered direct onto the motherboard. No way to change it. For modern 4K video, 32GB is barely enough to film your first grandkid on their first bicycle.

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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 5:37 pm

loud claps and applause for oxygenfarm...about 8 months ago i installed linux mint on a 83 yr old mans computer...today after church, he took me aside and said..."robb, dont know why i didnt listen to you a long time ago"...after 8 months of running linux mint, he reports its so easy for him to use and he is so happy not to be dealing with windows OS's any longer...he is still having no problems and is a very happy camper...age is NOT a roadblock at all...and for you oxygen, as well as for my friend at church...an inquisitive active mindset is what is keeping you young and active...keep up the good work...ps...you are just old enough to be my father...lol...im turning 63 and intend to be "forever young" at least in attitude...DAMIEN

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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by MurphCID » Sun Feb 04, 2018 7:00 pm

My dad is anti-technology, he still uses a basic flip phone, and wishes that he was still using Windows XP. He LIKES Solitare and his card games on the computer. He even will be daring and send an email!
oxygenfarm wrote:What is all this crap about age? I am 85 and enjoy using Mint 18.3 for much more than just killing time on Solitaire.

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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by Petermint » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:29 pm

My oldest IT student was 96 and was moving into digital imaging.

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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by Portreve » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:48 pm

oxygenfarm wrote:What is all this crap about age? I am 85 and enjoy using Mint 18.3 for much more than just killing time on Solitaire.
*high-fives oxygenfarm*

I salute you. There's no need for you to put up with any crap from us young whippersnappers. :wink:
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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Sun Feb 04, 2018 8:51 pm

hi portreve...im glad to see you are a rebel as well...just because we are all getting older does not stop those of us who are made of strong stuff...lol...DAMIEN

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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by DAMIEN1307 » Mon Feb 05, 2018 12:27 am

hi oxy...you PMed me via my email address...did you get my reply?...by the way...you are doing extremely well to figure out how to do this...again i applaud you...your 80 what!!!!???...lol...i think we could be fast friends...DAMIEN

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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by Nate » Tue Feb 06, 2018 2:01 am

I'd easily recommend my current portable device, cheap, sturdy and with a 360 degree hinge. Dell Inspiron 11 3000 series. Mine's the cheaper Core M3, 128gb SSD, 4gb of ram version and it will do everything short of playing games that need a beefy machine. Also didn't need me to install any additional drivers. Oh and has a convenient micro-sd card slot on the slide which I use to store all my music and a bunch of videos via a 256gb micro-sd card.

I got mine dirt cheap thanks to knowing people in the logistics industry, but I think these babies are only a few hundred brand new at the standard price anyway. Only downside is the screen is a bit small (which does wonders for the portability) at roughly 11 or 12 inches so if his eye sight is suffering enough, even magnification might not save this one for him.

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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by MurphCID » Tue Feb 06, 2018 8:09 am

Yeah he needs a 15" device with 1366x768 resolution, and I have to increase the font size for him. At 1080 monitor would be just too small for him to use comfortably.

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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by MurphCID » Fri May 18, 2018 10:24 am

Well a little update, he loves it, and keeps telling me how nice "Windows" is since I "fixed" the problems with his laptop. I told him it was Linux, but he is determined that it is just a better version of Windows XP. Even my step-mother likes it, although she complains that the laptop is too heavy and that my dad now just sits in his easy chair watching golf on TV while watching golf on Youtube.

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Re: Linux for my 80 year old father?

Post by oxygenfarm » Fri May 18, 2018 12:51 pm

I appreciate the nice comments from Damien and others....as I prepare to fire up a recently acquired HP 8530p (a very impressive business laptop) on which I installed Mate 18.3 hoping that '19' runs even better on it.

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