Adventures in Desktop Linux Computing - Chapter Two

This is the second article in my series on Desktop Linux Computing. You can read the original article here.

It's been well over a month since I install CentOS 6 on my mother-in-law's PC - and so far I've only had to make one service call - to install Skype.

Many people have asked me why I didn't install Fedora or Ubuntu. The answer is that I trust the stability of CentOS better, since it's an open source clone of Red Hat Enterprise.

When I was asked to install Skype on her laptop - apparently she had first researched and tried to do it herself - but because she was downloading the wrong package, CentOS wouldn't allow the install to continue.

One of the biggest problems normally present with family members' PCs is trying to find a balance between preventing the install of "crapware" and making sure the family member can still do everything they need to. I believe that by using CentOS 6, I've managed to find that balance.

I suspect that the next service call I receive will probably be to install OpenOffice - but I haven't received that call yet.

Stay Tuned! I will continue to post updates as they occur.

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