So I was thinking of getting her a Thinkpad / similar HP and then running a suitably user friendly Linux distro on it. She just needs the following basic functions.
- - Retain her photo library (can be exported from Photos) and be able to import new photos / videos from her Sony camera
- Browse the web + online banking
- E-Mail - also transfer her e-mail from Mail
- Use OpenOffice (I'll have to export all her documents from Pages)
- Open PDF and print to PDF from any app.
- Skype would be good for family abroad, but not required as we can use my Macbook or iPhone.
Updates should be simply (should I start laughing now?!) and she does not want to fook about with hardware / command line.
I would have suggested ubuntu but I personally hate ubuntu. I was thinking some Debian spin or even Centos / Fedora? KISS applies here, very much so.
She does not want another Mac, she is not happy with Apple. She loves the Macbook but hates the way MacOS and Apple are going with forced redundancies / upgrade cycles / exploitation of resources / workers etc etc. She has her views. She doesn't mind another OS as long as she doesn't have to spend 50% of her time trouble shooting what the camera won't eject from the device list, etc etc.
(ah and she hates Windows, so that is not an option)
Any suggestions? I'm not a huge linux person myself but have previously had good runs with Manjaro and less good runs with Centos, though my Centos woes stem from trying to get Centos to love a flashed nvidia card on a MacPro driving two displays and trying to get a Broadcom wireless chipset to work as well, oh the pain!