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LL for kids' laptop for homeschool - will this work with Dropbox/Adobe Connect?

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Mom2Four

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Hello! 1st post anywhere re: Linux. Having stumbled through the forum intro document and understood <50%, I am hesitant to install LL. I am considering LL for my kid's old laptop (Pentium dual core 2.16 Ghx, 4 GB RAM, HDD, c 2008, now runs Vista), which they use for homeschooling. But, we have never used Linux for anything. Mainly they need to word process but we'd like to have either Google docs working or Dropbox, and also have them in online courses through Adobe Connect (and some others - such as Acellus App for Power Homeschool). They are ages 8 and 10, no programming experience. Is this a doable thing, or should we can it and buy some crappy tablet that "just works"? I have other windows machines (W10) that can be used in a pinch, just hate to throw away working computers, and I thought it would be cool for them to learn about computers this way. Thanks in advance for thoughts/advice. (Ed - the laptop works ok w/ Vista now, but cloud hosted documents are very slow as is browsing, downloads etc)
Last Edit: July 19, 2019, 12:23:13 PM by Mom2Four
 


 

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Hi.

Linux does take som time and effort to learn to use because it is so fundamental different from what you're used to in windows. I know because back in the XP days I considered myself a "power user", but I still had to spend time re-learning how to do stuff in Linux when I started to install Linux onto my computers for permanent use.
The nice thing in your case is that it will probably run faster by orders of magnitude, compared to the windows installation. At least my old computer does so.
LL like other Linux distros comes as a Live-CD, so therefore some of the things you ask about is possible to test without installing it to the computer. Also that will also tell you if the particular hardware runs smootly on Linux.

The Adobe conect should be able to run via web interface, read more at here.
https://helpx.adobe.com/adobe-connect/connect-downloads-updates.html
Adobe have decided not to create any locally installable programs  for Linux (i.e. you won't find photoshop for Linux).

About "programming experience" - I will assume most schools - if having programming classes - that will probably (sadly) be dependent on a MS platform (dot net, or similar). Not neccesarly, but probably.
Or  they may be teaching javascript or Java - or just use some programming environoment that is platform independent.

I know this is an issue because I have myself being in a school situation wher I was prompted to write a formal letter as home work. So I wrote that using Libre Office and sendt the .odt file in return. Just to get the feedback that the file wasn't accepted - it had to be a "word file". That may differ from school to another.
Last Edit: July 19, 2019, 07:44:44 PM by Sprintrdriver
I won't let an old, but fully functional computer die just because some company tell me that they won't make no more security updates to their OS. Thanks Linux :)
 

 

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@Mom2Four
For mine (13 & 10) school usually isn't too specific where Word would be required (maybe high school/college)... Thou mine aren't home schooled.
They use Chromebooks... I have a couple systems here that mimic.. Again ours are pretty integrated with google..

For a Google Drive attached in File Manger (Thunar) you can look over this link:
https://www.linuxliteos.com/forums/installing-software/install-google-drive/

Dropbox works pretty well too, which can be found in 'Lite Software' (best method to install BTW)..

I haven't used Adobe Connect.. Others will chime in as they have :)

As for programming, that should be able to use ANY OS, just using a similar tool..

Good Luck - Let us know how it fairs!!!
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Thanks for the help! I installed LL via bootable USB (written with Etcher), it worked perfectly. Have dual boot with Win Vista and LL 4.4, both work. Even managed to get citrix working (in Chromium only, not in FF) by noting Jerry's comment from 2014  that LL is based on Ubuntu 14.04.  Thank you, THANK YOU developers for the installation manager, since I would not have half a clue otherwise how to do anything. I will send follow up comments and questions re: citrix SSL error in firefox and re set boot order to the other threads. Thanks again people.
 


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