Last week, Bob became a Linux user and although he still uses Windows for a number of other programs and games, he is beginning to use UNIX more and more. A success, by all accounts, methinks. This week, though, we have more of a challenge on our hands: a teenager.

Daniel is your stereotypical teenage lad. He comes home from school, empties the fridge, leaves his uniform in a trail behind him up to his bedroom, gets on with his homework (begrudgingly, mind you) and enjoys pitting his wits against the many forces of alien attacks, commandos and other such gaming antagonists.

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We tried him out on Ubuntu at first, which wasn't a success. "Too slow, to strange, a bit boring," were his comments. So we moved on to Linux Mint, which thankfully he liked and. like most youngsters, got to grips with quicker than us olds ever could.
Homework was dealt with very well; his usual office programs in the form of LibreOffice did a fantastic job, as would be expected. Openshot, the video editing program, did a great job too with his media homework, so much so that he stated it's "far better than anything used on Windows." High praise indeed.

Access to the internet was good, but he did have some issues with some of the homework-related flash sites, and access to his school's intranet was problematic in that it didn't display correctly - but then that could well have been the Linux and Flash/Silverlight relationship, as with some of the homework sites.

On the whole, his 'work' side was good with Linux, but access to some of the sites he used was necessary, and getting them to work the same under Linux as on Windows was too much of a pain. Linux did fare better with the likes of OpenShot and LibreOffice, as well as a number of other tools and programs he could use to help him at school, so it was a win for Linux here.

Gaming on Linux

After the homework was done, it came down to a spot of gaming. Unfortunately, this is where Linux falls down somewhat. He likes to play DC Universe Online, of which there isn't a Linux version of the client.

We tried in vain to get it working under Wine, but to no avail - the visuals were okay, but there was no audio.

However, his other games he enjoys, Minecraft, Starbound and a collection of retro offerings either work perfectly well with the programs available inherent to Linux or via Wine. Did this turn him to Linux then? Unfortunately no.

Despite him liking a number of aspects of Linux, he much preferred Windows. "I can do anything I want and not worry about it. Oh well, you can't win them all.