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pablo
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reply to jimkyle

Re: Good distro for a 60 year old man?

said by jimkyle:

Gotta stay active.

... that's right ... and for my "mental bubblegum", that's why I was thinking of doing technical OSS work.

For the physical side, I'll continue to run/x-c ski/swim ... perhaps if I can outlive my competitors, I might actually place.

Cheers,
-pablo
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JohnInSJ
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reply to jimkyle

said by jimkyle:

Btrieve Guy

Dude! I am pretty sure I read your Btrieve book in the mid 90s.

Of course I was just a kid back then

to the OP - Ubuntu is nice on a Laptop, although I am less of a fan of the new desktop (being old myself, and partial to older Gome...)

SSD size? bigger. 120GB+
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me1212

join:2008-11-20
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Ended up putting mint 14(cinnamon) on his laptop for him to try out. He loves it so far, he keep saying how much faster it is than windows for him. Gonna get him an ssd sooner or later, and yeah probably 120GB.



intok

join:2012-03-15
reply to ImpldConsent

Modern as in brand spanking new Vertex bought last summer that died after 3 months from the controller failing rendering the drive completely unreadable? The replacement drive lasting only 6 weeks?

Nah, while they make a great boot volume, you'd better backup every 15 mins and have deep pockets to keep replacing them.



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said by intok:

Modern as in brand spanking new Vertex bought last summer that died after 3 months from the controller failing rendering the drive completely unreadable? The replacement drive lasting only 6 weeks?

Nah, while they make a great boot volume, you'd better backup every 15 mins and have deep pockets to keep replacing them.

I'll respectfully disagree. IMO, your experience is not indicative of the experience of millions of SSD users (please do not insult me by pointing me to OCZs 'support' forums). I will agree that coders make mistakes, but they make mistakes on all storage devices, not just SSD.

Bottom line - do what you want but don't bash technology that didn't work for you for 1 reason or another.

The screenshots are on (almost) 3yr old Vertex2 and Momentus XT on 7yr old workstation.
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dave
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Two builds each with Crucial M4 SSD main disk and WD Black rotating-rust for data disk... SSD problems 0, rotating disk problems 2.

Clearly, my anecdotal evidence (which is just as valid as someone else's anecdotal evidence) says that SSDs never fail and rotating disks always fail.



kingdome74
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I'll 57 in 6 days and I use Mint Mate. I can use any of them but I've been trying to find some form of linux to replace Windows on my wife's laptop. If your Dad can run Windows without any problems he should be able to run Mint without any too.
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mattrixx

join:2004-02-18
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reply to dave

Depending upon just how old your Laptop might be in the decision to add an SSD,consider the fact that in the case
of my older Toshiba Satellite A-105 1.7GHz Dual Core, it simply does not know about things such as AHCI or SATA II or SATAIII which makes it problematic to say the least to substitute an SSD for it`s original SATA HDD.



J E F F
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reply to me1212

said by me1212:

60 year old former pro baseball player

Dammit, now you got me wondering. Was this "pro" as MLB or minors? I know, I know, not computer related at all!
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dave
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reply to mattrixx

You probably meant to reply to the OP, not to me. I'm not planning to do anything to a laptop; I was merely refuting the notion that all SSDs are unreliable.

Your point is a good one, though.


me1212

join:2008-11-20
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reply to J E F F

He used to play for the cardinals. That was about 44 years ago though.



J E F F
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Very nice...I'm a baseball guy but I'm sure your dad would have some pretty amazing stories to tell about how the clubhouse really works. I'm sure not all "good" but amazing none-the-less.
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me1212

join:2008-11-20
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I've heard some stories, for the most part is sounds nice. Like being the only sober one in the group(due to being under age) and convincing everyone to make a 2AM run to dominoes pizza.



Bill_MI
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Many are supporting Mint 14 but a few are leaning Mint 13 because it's Long Term Support (LTS). MATE version is my fave, too.

I'm only a year behind your Dad's age and I must admit I like LTS these days. It'll go for 5 years (I think Mint finally went with Ubuntu on that?)

Part of the selection has to be: What can YOU help support for him? I mean, Ubuntu's Unity has some following but many of us would NOT want to go there.

And 60GB is plenty for your description. It would be when he starts collecting videos of the grandkids that could get small in a hurry.



J E F F
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said by me1212:

I've heard some stories, for the most part is sounds nice. Like being the only sober one in the group(due to being under age) and convincing everyone to make a 2AM run to dominoes pizza.

Ah....man...to be so young again. When you're a teen, time isn't important...going for pizza at 2 am is part of the growing up process.
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praetoralpha

join:2005-08-06
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reply to ImpldConsent

said by ImpldConsent:

LOL, between the OP getting slammed for the "60" yr old thing and this comment - the post suddenly became hilarious. Todays SSDs will probably outlive your current MHDD. Better do some research before a statement like this.

Whats "MHDD"?


jimkyle
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reply to JohnInSJ

said by JohnInSJ:

said by jimkyle:

Btrieve Guy

Dude! I am pretty sure I read your Btrieve book in the mid 90s.

Amazingly enough, it's still in print and still selling a copy now and then. I just deposited my royalty check from last year: all of $12. However I don't know any other tech-heavy book published in 1995 that's still selling without ever going to a second edition... It's even outlived the original publisher!

Thanks for recognizing it!
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me1212

join:2008-11-20
Pleasant Hill, MO
reply to J E F F

Eh it wasn't all fun and games, he almost got deported once.



J E F F
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said by me1212:

Eh it wasn't all fun and games, he almost got deported once.

Yeah, well, back then Canadians weren't welcomed in the USA....
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me1212

join:2008-11-20
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He was born here. but there was an illegal alien raid on his uncles railroad, and he answered the cops in a foreign language when they spoke to him in it.

And we be hispanic for the record not canadian



J E F F
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said by me1212:

He was born here. but there was an illegal alien raid on his uncles railroad, and he answered the cops in a foreign language when they spoke to him in it.

And we be hispanic for the record not canadian

LOL....that's a funny story though. That's something my dad would have done if he spoke a different language. We're part native-Canadian, and it really showed on my dad, but he actually looked more like a Pakistan person. Immigration would have been all over him if spoke non-english.
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dellsweig
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said by me1212:

And how big of an ssd/hdd would it need? 60GB or so?

My dad's laptops's hard drive may be failing, its about 3 or 4 years old has sata 2. Its not the best laptop but its still plenty more than enough for him and it would cost about $400 to get a new laptop that is as good as his current one.

All he does is brows the web and occasionally youtube on it. I'm thinking mint 14 but want to get some input on that and the new drive size for him. I'd do windows but eh it costs money and all he needs is a web browser which linux can do fine.

I have my 85 year old dad and 80 year old mom using Ubuntu on their laptop and desktop with no issues at all - they both were long time window users.

I moved them to Linux after the last time I had to clean their machines...
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kingdome74
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reply to J E F F

said by J E F F:

said by me1212:

Eh it wasn't all fun and games, he almost got deported once.

Yeah, well, back then Canadians weren't welcomed in the USA....

Whaaaa... when was that? I don't remember any time when Canadians weren't welcomed here. And visa versa.
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me1212

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reply to dellsweig

Same reason I got my dad on linux, so much easier to not have to worry about viruses as much. He seems to love it so far.



Black Box

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reply to kingdome74

said by kingdome74:

said by J E F F:

Yeah, well, back then Canadians weren't welcomed in the USA....

Whaaaa... when was that? I don't remember any time when Canadians weren't welcomed here. And visa versa.

1812?
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reply to praetoralpha

said by praetoralpha:

Whats "MHDD"?

Mechanical HDD, perhaps
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said by OZO:

said by praetoralpha:

Whats "MHDD"?

Mechanical HDD, perhaps

Yes - my bad - missed the original question - still LMAO on this geriatric-abusing (j/k) post.
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garywk

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reply to me1212

I don't think age really has much to do with the selection of a distro other than if someone is really slowing down mentally and then even Windows would be a real problem.

I never used a computer until I was in my late 40's. I started using Linux at age 50. My first Distro? Debian's Woody release when it was in testing. It took me three tries to get a working install because I didn't understand all the terminology about hard drives--a Woody install required a lot of knowledge--but I guessed/learned my way through after a few mistakes and a lot of research. It taught me a lot that I would never have learned using Windows or any installer that was less challenging.

I'll be forever greatful that I started where I did. The learning curve was steep, but I enjoyed ever minute of it. I still use Debian today. I've tried a few other distros but Debian has been my computing home since the first successful install.
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JohnInSJ
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reply to me1212

I use Gerituntu. It has more iron.



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