Distro for school work?



  • @scottalanmiller said in Distro for school work?:

    Almost anything will do in that case. But I'd probably start with Ubuntu for kids.

    Is that "Ubuntu for Kids" or "Ubuntu" for kids?



  • @JasGot said in Distro for school work?:

    @scottalanmiller said in Distro for school work?:

    Almost anything will do in that case. But I'd probably start with Ubuntu for kids.

    Is that "Ubuntu for Kids" or "Ubuntu" for kids?

    LOL for kids, I'd start with Ubuntu.



  • Our school district has always sent the chrome books home nightly.

    The 4th grader has nightly homework on it. The 6th grader typically does not because she finishes the chromebook work in class.

    Our district implemented a full day v-learning program. 9am -2:30 with a lunch hour.

    Teacher takes attendance via some google forms.



  • @JaredBusch said in Distro for school work?:

    Our school district has always sent the chrome books home nightly.

    The 4th grader has nightly homework on it. The 6th grader typically does not because she finishes the chromebook work in class.

    Our district implemented a full day v-learning program. 9am -2:30 with a lunch hour.

    Teacher takes attendance via some google forms.

    Pretty much the same over here too.



  • If they're gaming laptops you might have an easier time with Mint or Manjaro, they used to be easier than straight Ubuntu for getting proprietary drivers to work.



  • @notverypunny said in Distro for school work?:

    If they're gaming laptops you might have an easier time with Mint or Manjaro, they used to be easier than straight Ubuntu for getting proprietary drivers to work.

    Mint is based off Ubuntu and Manjaro is based off Arch.



  • @IRJ said in Distro for school work?:

    @notverypunny said in Distro for school work?:

    If they're gaming laptops you might have an easier time with Mint or Manjaro, they used to be easier than straight Ubuntu for getting proprietary drivers to work.

    Mint is based off Ubuntu and Manjaro is based off Arch.

    Yep, and Ubuntu is based on Debian.... OP mentioned that the machines are gaming laptops which presumably have higher-spec GPUs than your typical machine and require the proprietary drivers to work correctly without the fans running full-tilt all day long. My experience has been that Manjaro and Mint are pretty much point and click for proprietary drivers where Ubuntu used to require adding PPAs or getting additional utilities just to install the graphics drivers. Mind you this is going back a while so things may be better for Ubuntu at this point in the game.



  • @notverypunny said in Distro for school work?:

    @IRJ said in Distro for school work?:

    @notverypunny said in Distro for school work?:

    If they're gaming laptops you might have an easier time with Mint or Manjaro, they used to be easier than straight Ubuntu for getting proprietary drivers to work.

    Mint is based off Ubuntu and Manjaro is based off Arch.

    Yep, and Ubuntu is based on Debian.... OP mentioned that the machines are gaming laptops which presumably have higher-spec GPUs than your typical machine and require the proprietary drivers to work correctly without the fans running full-tilt all day long. My experience has been that Manjaro and Mint are pretty much point and click for proprietary drivers where Ubuntu used to require adding PPAs or getting additional utilities just to install the graphics drivers. Mind you this is going back a while so things may be better for Ubuntu at this point in the game.

    Yes, the laptops I'm repurposing for school computers are HP Omens. They have nvidia GPUs of some type. Have been used as developer workstations so they are in good shape.

    But I don't to have to fiddle with them. I just want to reinstall something on there that will get the job done and have wifi, webcam and everything else just work.

    Oh, and Minecraft has to be to be installed on it.



  • I'll just try with regular ubuntu desktop first.

    Unfortunately downloading the image from ubuntu was too slow, would have taken at least 5h according to the speed it had. Maybe coronavirus restriction somewhere...or a local mirror problem. Can't pick the mirror/location from ubuntu website...

    Bittorrent came to the rescue though. Took exactly 4 minutes.



  • Alright, it worked pretty well.

    Had some minor tearing issues with video. It disappeared when I changed setting in nvidia panel from Nvidia Performance to Nvidia On Demand. I'm not sure what this does. The laptop has GTX 1050 4GB RAM.

    My goto video for checking tearing is Taylor Swift's - Look What You Made Me Do. Lots of fast screen changes.

    Also had some problems with display rotation. Ubuntu thought that the laptop was standing sideways but it wasn't. So the display was rotated 90 degrees. Very irritating. Solved by sudo apt-get remove iio-sensor-proxy



  • @Pete-S said in Distro for school work?:

    Alright, it worked pretty well.

    Had some minor tearing issues with video. It disappeared when I changed setting in nvidia panel from Nvidia Performance to Nvidia On Demand. I'm not sure what this does. The laptop has GTX 1050 4GB RAM.

    My goto video for checking tearing is Taylor Swift's - Look What You Made Me Do. Lots of fast screen changes.

    Also had some problems with display rotation. Ubuntu thought that the laptop was standing sideways but it wasn't. So the display was rotated 90 degrees. Very irritating. Solved by sudo apt-get remove iio-sensor-proxy

    There was away to lock the rotation but don't remember where it was at.



  • Ubuntu is a good one.



  • Installed minecraft as well and it was really easy.

    Just click on the link to the deb package and you're done. Apt package manager will pull in java and whatever else that is needed.
    https://launcher.mojang.com/download/Minecraft.deb

    Webcam works, tested it with cheese, which is installed by default.

    All in all a smooth experience and mission accomplished.



  • @Pete-S said in Distro for school work?:

    Installed minecraft as well and it was really easy.

    Just click on the link to the deb package and you're done. Apt package manager will pull in java and whatever else that is needed.
    https://launcher.mojang.com/download/Minecraft.deb

    Webcam works, tested it with cheese, which is installed by default.

    All in all a smooth experience and mission accomplished.

    If Roblox worked on Linux I could switch my kids. Those are the only two PC games they play at the moment.



  • @JaredBusch said in Distro for school work?:

    @Pete-S said in Distro for school work?:

    Installed minecraft as well and it was really easy.

    Just click on the link to the deb package and you're done. Apt package manager will pull in java and whatever else that is needed.
    https://launcher.mojang.com/download/Minecraft.deb

    Webcam works, tested it with cheese, which is installed by default.

    All in all a smooth experience and mission accomplished.

    If Roblox worked on Linux I could switch my kids. Those are the only two PC games they play at the moment.

    Same


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