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Offline AzraeL

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Bulletproof Build
« on: August 21, 2014, 09:55:09 PM »
I am faced with a bit of a challenge. I have a co-worker that is not very tech savy AT ALL. Especially when it comes to computers. I recently did a tune-up on his laptop and was amazed it could even function with all the bloatware, spam, spyware, malware, etc.! After sitting him down and talking to him about his bad habits, another co-worker and I decided that a custom Ubuntu build might be perfect for him. All he really does on is machine is watch movies, create documents and powerpoints, and browse the interwebs.

The challenge: His machine is an older HP running windows 7 on 4gb ram. I will get the exact model tomorrow. What I would like to do is setup a lightweight, easy to use/migrate, idiotproof OS. I think one of the many flavors of Ubuntu is where I will start, but I need to make it look, act, and feel like a windows machine. At least until he becomes more familiar to linux. I will be his system admin/teacher while he learns the new OS. Another challenging aspect that I want to add down the road is a certain database (can't recall the name right now) that is used by private investigators and bailbondsmen to preform skiptraces and such.

Any ideas  and/or advice would be gratefully appreciated. I will update this post as this project goes on, and may even use recordmydesktop and make a video or two.
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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2014, 12:41:08 AM »
Dude, if its an older version, just use Mint 17, uhh 32 bit. That is fairly simple, simple enough for my mom to get a hang of it and likes it alot actually. Get it here mayne!

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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2014, 04:05:14 AM »
robolinux is good for new users to ease the transition from windows to linux, it will run .exe files seamlessly too due to their cool vm scripts

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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2014, 05:42:19 AM »
Hmm... well the problem with building an idoitproof OS is that if it is connected to the internet, there is no such thing.
Linux will certainly Help with spyware, malware etc targeted only at a Windows OS, but there is no cure for being an unsafe surfer.
A lot of the tricks used in this day and age are social engineering or phishing.
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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2014, 07:30:56 AM »
robolinux is good for new users to ease the transition from windows to linux, it will run .exe files seamlessly too due to their cool vm scripts

I will have to look into that. I was looking at Elementary OS by Luna. I'm not sure if it can run .exe right out of the box, but I'd be interested to compare the two.
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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2014, 09:36:52 AM »
not trying to shamelessly plug my own custom distro - but it looks and acts more like windows than any other distro out there.



It wouldnt be too difficult to remove the pentest scripts and install libreoffice.
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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2014, 09:57:20 AM »
Hey OE - is there a link to your Distro.. would like to check it out once i'm back on proper broadband
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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2014, 11:16:29 AM »
"He who passes not his days in the realm of dreams is the slave of the days."

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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2014, 12:11:48 PM »
yeah sorry 0E, i totally forgot about your awesome OS!

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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2014, 07:17:27 PM »
I would use Xubuntu and just theme it so things are easy to find

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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2014, 12:55:25 AM »
Good man OE - Thanks for that :)
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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2014, 01:29:49 PM »
If you want to give your friend something totally idiot proof to use?? I suggest giving him PC-BSD
it's built with idiots in mind just like MS Windows is :P
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Re: Bulletproof Build
« Reply #12 on: October 16, 2014, 10:32:35 AM »
I have given a machine to a friend of mine who's windows crapped out on him one too many times.  I used elementary OS and he's been happy with it and even started learning windows.  One of the ubuntu based distros made wine really easy though and I think it might have been mint. 

Based on the stuff you said he does though wine might not be needed.  I say go Elementary, Mint, Solak (OE's Distro), or Xubuntu.
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