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The perfect operating system for grandma or your school kids

Updated on January 20, 2013

In a recent hub I talked about how to make a secure, simple PC for your school age child using an Ubuntu based distribution called Edubuntu. But what if you have kids that are a little older yet not quite teenagers? Or maybe a parent or grandparent that is not entirely comfortable with computers but still would like to email, surf the web and get pictures of the family?

A great solution may be Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. This too is a free operating system and work equally well on Desktops, laptops, tablets and now even smart phones.

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS uses a simple new navigation system called Unity and large, easy to recognize icons optimized for all types of platforms. This graphical user interface, or GUI, is intuitive and not the least bit intimidating to someone unfamiliar with computers. This is the direction standard computer interfaces are headed in the future.


Mom Tries Ubuntu for First Time

Ubuntu is Free as in Beer

As I said Ubuntu, and all Linux Distro's, are completely free to download and use. Which is one of the things that make it perfect for a younger, or older member of the family. With little to no start up costs.And the Ubuntu repositories, gives you thousands of free applications to download and install. Add to that no worries about viruses or trojans and you can see why I am so enthused about this functional and beautiful distribution.

As you can see Ubuntu 12.04 LTS has a quite different menu system from the typical start button/nested entries found on windows as well as many Linux distros. This makes finding the application you want simple and intuitive. Something grandma or grandpa are sure to appreciate.

Ubuntu comes with several themes to customize it's look and, as with other operating systems, you can change the wallpaper to anything you like. The semi transparent menus will simply overlay it in the same way as with the default wallpapers.

The current version is Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Long Term Support) so pop on over and download your copy and give it a try.

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    • Superkev profile imageAUTHOR

      Superkev 

      3 years ago

      I wrote this a long time ago but the premise is the same, you will want to use Ubuntu 14.04 as that is the current LTS release, also check out Elementary OS, it is base on Ubuntu and has a lot of very nice custom features that the developer has baked in.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SICcG0UZRWw

      They make the free download a little clunky to find, if you decide to try it I will give you a link to the direct download page

    • Lady_E profile image

      Elena 

      3 years ago from London, UK

      Awesome idea. It's the first time I've read about it.

      Brilliant features and user friendly. Thanks.

    • SwanofWar profile image

      SwanofWar 

      8 years ago from In My Imagination

      Sounds useful.

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