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appmeshi profile image

Has anyone here considered installing a linux distro on their aging parents' computers to protect them from the exploit-happy Windows environment?

I was thinking about this recently for my dad who keeps getting "hacked" and only really uses his PC for a lightweight gaming client so he can play backgammon online (and an additional add-on utility that analyzes his gameplay).

He absolutely won't use anything that requires learning something new, but I could probably simulate his Windows experience with the gaming app in Wine, if the rest of the OS had a Windows-like interface.

What do y'all think?

aniganesh profile image

LinuxMint is supposedly Windows like. It could be what your dad needs.

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Ryan Westlund

I did this with TrueOS (a spinoff of FreeBSD). Originally I wanted to use Trident because I'd heard it was a fork of TrueOS which was a fork of PC-BSD which was basically like FreeBSD but meant for desktop users. But when I found out Trident had moved to Void Linux as a base I ended up not using that because I didn't know as much about Linux (though in retrospect I'm not sure about that decision because it might've been a good opportunity to expand my horizons) and so I installed TrueOS, found out the hard way that its install guide is millenia out of date and it isn't a desktop-focused OS anymore, more a spinoff of FreeBSD with mild architectural changes. Still, I ended up getting the TrueOS desktop working and friendly to them with XFCE, Wine, and cups (my dad has an addiction to printing :)).