XP-Replacement for Parents

Wendy G.A. van Dijk nl.pm at wendy.org
Thu Mar 27 23:42:45 GMT 2014

At 04:21 PM 3/27/2014, Smylers wrote:
 >Note my concerns weren't about the OS's user interface, but scanner
 >support and a couple of decades' worth of WordPerfect documents.

I'm on Ubunty, I switched over from Windows XP several years ago, and 
I do have quite an extensive amount of WordPerfect correspondence, 
some are  over 20 years old.  I can open most of them without any 
problem with LibreOffice Writer.  Sometimes I do have to change 
formatting, but they are legible.  My oldest WP files are WP 4.x for 
DOS.  I do right-click in a file manager on a file, "open as", select 
"WP", and almost ever it works fine.

Scanners....  I never had luck with scanner support on Windows XP, 
always stupid errors.  This behaviour of idiots working on drivers at 
the scanner manufacturers is continued for support in Ubuntu.  It 
just sucks always.  Almost none of the extended options promised, 
ever work for me.  Not back than in XP, and not now in Ubuntu.  I 
just have to scan my shit to a USB stick, and copy the files to my 
computer later.  Universal law of conservation of suckdom.

But at least for most scanners Ubuntu has some support and some 
functions work.  Depends on the brand and type of scanner.

Greetz, Wendy

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