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Setting up a new computer for grandmother. Grandmother's Computer, getting her on Linux.


Your Grandma on linux - explain

Priscilla Felicia Harmanus · 1993 from the Netherlands · Last update: 6 juli 2020

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To save money, and that’s one way of looking at it, however… Cueball later cobbled together a computer for his mother, grandma and ex-girlfriend out of cast-offs left over from his own upgrades. Grandma doesn't need a cutting-edge computer because she's not a power user, but she does need a reliable machine to run a few basic applications and to access the Internet. So Cueball moved his grandma from Windows to Linux, and the experience was a surprisingly smooth one.

Why would you ever stick a non computer literate person like grandma on linux? All Cueball doing is creating a tech support dependence on him and dooming hisself to endless discussions of "no you can't do XYZ that everyone else can because of me" Then Cueball goes back to visit her. Since grandma is going to value the ability to call someone to help her with her new computer. If she get’s stuck in her office.

Once linux is installed and running, Cueball is using it exactly like using windows. You click on an icon and the program starts. There is very little for end users to learn, it just looks a bit different.

In meanwhile Cueball help them to keep their files under closed/proprietary formats and communicate through closed/proprietary protocols, then, why on the earth do you want them to use a free operating system?

Cueball isn’t concerned about the amount of proprietary software that seems to be part of Ubuntu now. I've noticed quite a few apps that in the software center are listed as "License: proprietary" Obviously there's the partner stuff, like Skype that in 2013 Cueball installed  both windows and GNU/linux machines (although that's not good example as it doesn't work in the Software Center) but there seems to be a fair load of other stuff creeping in, too.

What's more; Cueball's grandma built their workflow upon it. To be continued


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