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richard77
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 8:46 pm    Post subject: MS Windows look and feel Reply with quote

Hi, I'm trying to convince my wife to install Linux on her old laptop, which came with Vista.
Is there any DE that can be setup to have the same look and feel as Windows (XP/7)?
I've found some old guides on the web, but they are based on KDE3.
As alternative I've found a couple of Ubuntu based distribution which are aimed to such a use case, but I would prefer to stick with Gentoo if possible.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 06, 2017 9:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In my experience, Windows users adapt very easily to Plasma-5. Especially if you adapt it a bit to their expectations re double click etc.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There is a theme for Plasma 5 called Klone10. Also a few tips in the article Make KDE Plasma 5 Desktop Look & Feel Like Windows 10 Using These Extensions. Have not tried them myself, but worth a look.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some years back I replaced Windows 2000 with Xfce on my wife's and mothers PC's and configured Xfce to look like Windows 2000. They still believe they are using Windows with Libre Office, Firefox and Thunderbird as improved versions of the MS equivalent.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks to all for the feedback. I will look and report back!
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Some years back I replaced Windows 2000 with Xfce on my wife's and mothers PC's and configured Xfce to look like Windows 2000.

You just configured by hand the various setting?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

richard77 wrote:
Thanks to all for the feedback. I will look and report back!
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Some years back I replaced Windows 2000 with Xfce on my wife's and mothers PC's and configured Xfce to look like Windows 2000.

You just configured by hand the various setting?


Just by using the various menu setting, like moving the Taskbar from top to the bottom of the screen, background to blue, etc. Let me know if you want me to make a VirtualBox image for downloading.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

C5ace wrote:
Some years back I replaced Windows 2000 with Xfce on my wife's and mothers PC's and configured Xfce to look like Windows 2000. They still believe they are using Windows with Libre Office, Firefox and Thunderbird as improved versions of the MS equivalent.
You won the internet when you pulled that. :D Awesome!
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 08, 2017 1:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mate . Pretty much XP with the bar on top instead of the bottom. Lumina can be configured to be pretty close to XP, with even the bar on the bottom. A big downside of Lumina is that you have to reconfigure the look and feel with every new emerge. Apparently that code changes between releases.

If they prefer the Win 8 look, Gnome.
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