Making Linux friendly

We gave Fred (my father-in-law) a hand-me-down computer because his one is suffering from Windows rot and is unbearably slow. Our one comes with a catch… It has Ubuntu instead of Windows.

How do you make a Ubuntu computer easy to use?

  • Turn on Auto login
  • Remove all icons on the desktop, then add back “Internet” and links to “My Documents”, “My Pictures”, etc
  • Make sure there is only 1 Workspace
  • Music and Video player –> VLC. But change icon to something that makes more sense than a traffic cone!
  • Ipod software –> Banshee. But change icon to a ipod image
  • Trim unneeded software from the Applications menu (by uninstalling them)