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    Default Linux OS help for the elderly

    BBC NEWS | Technology | Computer for the elderly launched

    I just thought it was a nice story for once, and having the BBC actually acknowledge that an OS is Linux is a red letter day in anyone's book
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    tmillic NNTP User

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    Nice article.
    When I took a computer to my walker-bound mother in rural Oklahoma a
    couple of years ago, I put Linux (opensuse) on it. She hadn't used one
    before and didn't even know that her computer, Yahoo and the internet
    in general were different things, but she loves her Linux PC. She now
    complains if she has to use Windows at the library or at her sister's
    home. I put Linux on it selfishly because I didn't want to be getting
    rid of viruses on a PC for someone new to computers. I didn't expect
    it to be easier for her to learn how to use.

    growbag wrote:

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    > 'BBC NEWS | Technology | Computer for the elderly launched'
    > (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/8352606.stm)
    >
    > I just thought it was a nice story for once, and having the BBC
    > actually acknowledge that an OS is Linux is a red letter day in

    anyone's
    > book
    >
    >



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    Quote Originally Posted by tmillic View Post
    Nice article.
    When I took a computer to my walker-bound mother in rural Oklahoma a
    couple of years ago, I put Linux (opensuse) on it. She hadn't used one
    before and didn't even know that her computer, Yahoo and the internet
    in general were different things, but she loves her Linux PC. She now
    complains if she has to use Windows at the library or at her sister's
    home. I put Linux on it selfishly because I didn't want to be getting
    rid of viruses on a PC for someone new to computers. I didn't expect
    it to be easier for her to learn how to use.

    growbag wrote:

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    > 'BBC NEWS | Technology | Computer for the elderly launched'
    > (BBC NEWS | Technology | New PC to encourage older users)
    >
    > I just thought it was a nice story for once, and having the BBC
    > actually acknowledge that an OS is Linux is a red letter day in

    anyone's
    > book
    >
    >
    That proves that it's not linux the average user has a problem with it's fear of change

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    Default Re: Linux OS help for the elderly

    Quote Originally Posted by tom_enos View Post
    That proves that it's not linux the average user has a problem with it's fear of change
    Quite true.

    Thanks for posting growbag
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    palladium NNTP User

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    > That proves that it's not linux the average user has a problem with
    > it's fear of change


    exactly, i've said before here, but here is once more: i helped an old
    grandma i know buy a box with no OS, loaded it with openSUSE and gave
    it to her (without the root password for the first year or so) now she
    is a life long convert..

    no way she will ever go back to Redmond...she makes fun of the other
    old ladies who complain about the last round of malware they pass
    among each other, etc..

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    Yeah, but at least the virii and malware give them something to talk about down at the old-folks centre!

    You are just plain mean palladium .

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    palladium NNTP User

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    > You are just plain mean palladium .

    wow...good point!

    ok, i'll get a neighbor kid to install Mista for her...then she will
    have plenty to talk about!!

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