He can't make pong. You expect him to be able to run Linux? Go buy Windows 8. It's cheap. The hardware requirements are low. And really you have no excuse not to. Especially if you actually want to program something.
She can't make pong because she doesn't have a working build environment, not because of her specs lol. Why spend money on something like Windows 8 when Ubuntu is just as good and is basically made for programming? (not going to say better because I don't want to start a flame war about what the best Os is lol). I use windows 8 and it is good(fast booting times,clean metro ui, vibrant wallpapers), but I wouldn't recommend actually buying it unless it came with your pc.
I still don't buy that. She can't make pong because she doesn't have a working build environment. But you send her to use Linux, which is a bit more complicated in use than Windows. Plus, she didn't know that there is such thing as a live CD. I don't use Linux and I know that.
If Ubuntu works for her, great. But when anyone is using a pirated version of XP, didn't know to get a Linux OS in the first place, and has refused to buy an actual OS. I tend to believe that their technical skill is lacking somewhat.
1. I knew what a live CD is. I'm not a moron. the only reason I never used one was because of the fact that I wasn't sure which one I should use, and I never had a real reason to set one up, because most of the time all I'm doing on this thing is reading textbooks, and coding in other languages which I already have IDE's set up for.
it really didn't matter that much for me until just now.
2. I knew to get a linux OS. again. I'm not a moron. the only reason I never did, was because I was reluctant to partition my hard drive, and as for live systems, refer back to number one. I've tried the wubi setup for ubuntu as well, but my computer sucks at being a computer, as mentioned previously.
3. I just set up linux on a live cd, and it was as easy as it gets. in what universe was this difficult. seriously.
I admit I'm new, but I'm not an idiot.
and thanks for openly insulting me. that was nice too.