XP Pro vs home

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  1. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    So I'm building a computer for my friend. It's going to be a mini style case with a socket 478 running a Celeron with a 17" lcd.

    Is there any need for him to go with XP Pro, or could I save him some bucks and go with XP home?

    The only networking he might do would be to have his old machine and the new one sharing a router.
     
  2. Coddle

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    If you're building such a cheap machine, I say just go with Home.
     
  3. crontab

    crontab (uid = 0)

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    home in that situation
     
  4. Yep

    Yep Knick knack paddy whack, give the old dog a bone

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    Home is fine.
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Thanks, everybody.

    I've only used xp pro, and I've never been sure if it mattered for an internet machine.
     
  6. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I've always used Pro; he may never need the extra functionality that Pro provides, but if he ever does need it, it would suck to have to reformat. More options are better than fewer options.
     
  7. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Yeah, but right now a $400 machine is better than a $450 machine.

    Here's my friends daily routine on his computer. Hasn't changed in probably five years or more, either.

    Logon. Check email. Check favorite news websites, and sometimes google something. Logoff.
     
  8. Penguin Man

    Penguin Man Protect Your Digital Liberties

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    Then why buy an expensive OS? Ubuntu does that great.
     
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    What are the main differences between Pro and Home?
     
  10. ZeroRoxUrSox

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    yeah, if you could just PM me. i am trying to work through a problem. i have Ubuntu on my other comp and cant figure out how to connect to a wireless network....
     
  11. P07r0457

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    i would not recommend any distro of linux for the average user. You break it in a little way, and they just won't be able to fix it... That's frustrating when you can't check your email and browse a website.
     
  12. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Well his old pos HP has been acting up on him, so I'm just trying to build him a slightly better pos to use for a few years.
    So XP home should do the trick.
     
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    yes, I'd recommend XP Home.
     
  14. piratepenguin

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    There are alot of "average user" types enjoying Ubuntu.
    Alot.
     
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    P07r0457 New Member

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    and every single one of them cry back to Mr. Gates when something breaks. Very very very few actually have what it takes to fix their mistakes.
     
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    What mistakes are you gonna make if you're using Ubuntu to browse the web and check email?
     
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    you would be very surprised.

    Hell, look at how people fuck up their windows boxes... Now imagine linux. Shit.

    Not to mention you can't just "buy a printer and plug it in" with linux. And you want an ipod? Forget it!

    Linux is great for power users, but it is *NOT EVEN CLOSE* to mainstream use.
     
  18. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Good point. And since I'm the one who fixes his machine when it gets gummed up, XP home it is!
     
  19. piratepenguin

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    There isn't much (any?) malware for Ubuntu, they won't have to worry about that. Users have to enter the root password for administrative tasks, so some will realise changing those settings is no-joke.
    I dunno about printers but with my old (shitty) mp3 player after I plug it in it's automatically mounted and a filebrowser opens displaying it's contents. I doubt it's any different with ipods, maybe rhythmbox is opened for them though, I dunno.

    That last part of what you said seems very uninformed.
     
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    you are actually the uninformed. ipods are NOT a trivial matter for linux. Very non-intuitive to setup.
     
  21. Penguin Man

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    I haven't actually done it myself, but my brother (who is _not_ a power user) setup his iPod under Linux. Open synaptic, install gtkpod, run gtkpod. Done.
     
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    I used to own an ipod, years ago. Back then it wasn't trivial. But that's changed.

    In Ubuntu 6.06, the default rhythmbox isn't capable of organizing an ipod, gotta update it for that. Or you could install the mighty amaroK, or gtkpod.

    Kubuntu can probably work with ipods outta the box, since it ships amaroK.
    The SLED 10 betas can work with ipods outta the box.

    It's a trivial matter.
     
  23. deusexaethera

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    Y'know, this might suggest that linux-programmer-types don't have what it takes to make a UI that enables simple fixes for simple problems. Linux's customizability bites it in the ass yet again.

    And yet, Apple managed to take *nix and make it idiotproof. So it CAN be done.
     
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    Very very very few actually have what it takes to accept that GNU/Linux is not Windows, is more like it.

    Between that and complaining about there being no drivers for their hardware which has no technical documentation for the developers to write drivers, I think we've got 2 of the most common reasons people who "try" (yea, right) GNU/Linux go back to Windows.
     
  25. P07r0457

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    but how is either of those reasons the fault of the user? None are. Lack of drivers and documentation are NOT the fault of the user, but the industry; and these are valid reasons that Linux cannot -- in it's current form -- become acceptable for the masses.

    So you are now agreeing with my original point, essentially?
     

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