XP-Replacement for Parents

Raphael Mankin raph at mankin.org.uk
Thu Mar 27 12:20:40 GMT 2014

But throw away Ubuntu's Unity and install xfce4 or gnome-core instead. I
find that full gnome installs too much stuff that I do not want.

I don't know which window manager lubuntu uses, but you can install them
all side-by side and use the one that you are most comfortable with.

On Thu, 2014-03-27 at 12:07 +0000, Alex Balhatchet wrote:
> > • Ubuntu:  The OS will install, but I don't know if Mum's scanner will
> >   work with it, and I'm pretty sure it won't work in the same way, where
> >   pressing a physical button on the scanner causes some HP application
> >   to open on the desktop with the scanned document.
> This may work quite well. I've had good experience with the mixture of
> HP hardware and Ubuntu. The "HP Toolbox"[0] is ugly but functional.
> Ubuntu also comes with an application called Simple Scan which comes
> up if you go to the "dash" and type "Scan". Dragging that to the Dock
> or the Desktop would give your Mum a big button to click on on the
> screen when she wants to scan something.
> Trying it out now it looks like when I go to the HP Toolbox and click
> "Scan" on $work's[1] HP OfficeJet Pro L7700 does just open the Simple
> Scan application.
> On another topic if you want something that looks like Windows XP but
> acts like Ubuntu I've read good things about Lubuntu[2].
> Hope that's helpful,
> - Alex
> [0] http://packages.ubuntu.com/search?keywords=hplip
> [1] Not to be parsed as $work::s
> [2] http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2014/02/four-reasons-why-windows-xp-users-should-switch-to-lubuntu-this-april

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