[GLLUG] Recycling computers with Linux
GLLUG at GetAroundToIt.co.uk
Wed Nov 16 02:13:31 UTC 2016
On 16/11/16 01:44, Alain Williams via GLLUG wrote:
> Interesting chat from a friend who was over for the w/end. Her laptop installed
> MS Win 10 last year; she did not ask for it, etc. She does not like it and says
> that it is crawling with virus and so will not connect it to the Internet;
> rarely uses it.
> I took her through installing Linux Mint (Mate desktop) on a spare laptop; a few
> questions but otherwise used it happily all w/end.
> Her only concern was that she has to use MS Windows boxes at work; using Linux
> at home might make that harder for her.
> It will be interesting to see if she uses the Mint install USB stick that I gave her.
You user-illustration shows that 'it' is not between "Linux Mint" and
Users' issues usually relate to coping with the differences between
MS-Excel and LibreOffice Calc, or Thunderbird and MS-Outlook. This
similar to the irritation of touch-typists trying to move between
103-key keyboards and portable machines - or "Natural" keyboards, to say
nothing of switching to other (Romance) languages... All 'muscle memory'
and 'chunked thinking' counts for naught, and one is reduced to
consciously implementing every function, step-by-step.
Some time back I upgraded my aged Mother (OK, her PC) from desktop to
portable. Made it a dual-boot machine in case she needed to revert to
her MS-Win platform for any reason. Time passed...
She enjoyed the advantages of a laptop and wanted something newer and
replacing the HDD with solid-state. Upon configuring the new box I asked
if she wanted to continue the existing choice or just go with one or the
other? She had forgotten the choice, and had the habit of booting the
box and then walking away - so she'd not seen the GRUB choice for ages.
Went round-and-around for a while, until she finally managed to remember
that she occasionally saw the name "CentOS". I was roundly-criticised
for demanding 'technical details' (over the phone) but now that's all
she uses because she'd never noticed any material differences. Whenever
any asks about using her PC, she happily warns them that it's "only for
experts - because it runs CentOS". That's the same person who rapped my
knuckles for struggling to ascertain if it was Linux of Windows
underneath her application suite!
(Mozilla Thunderbird and Firefox, LibreOffice Writer, albeit admittedly
with very little else apart from the irreplaceable (IMHO) TeamViewer!)
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