The Grandmother Paradox
kimball at kimballlarsen.com
Wed Apr 23 09:31:50 MDT 2008
On Apr 23, 2008, at 7:16 AM, Dennis Muhlestein wrote:
>> Does anyone have any suggestions for a good light weight, easy to
>> use, easy
>> to configure, easy to manage, desktop oriented OS for someone in the
> Here's my .02
> Keep her on Windows 98 and purchase a linksys (or whatever) firewall/
> router to set between her machine and the Internet. As long as you
> train her not to run email attachments I think she'll be fine
> without protection on the machine itself.
> I've tried to get Grandmas (or others) to run Linux in a similar
> situation but my experience has been:
> 1) You become their support person and whether or not you like to do
> that, you're stuck with it forever.
> 2) When older people are used to something, change is hard. She's
> been using 98. No matter how much better (and I don't think anyone
> will argue that pretty much any linux distro is better than Windows
> 98), She'll want to know who to do things that she was doing the 98
> way and it will be difficult to teach and accomplish.
> 3) Nobody else knows how to use the machine either. At least in my
> case, my Grandparents have lots of children/grandchildren/friends
> etc whom all have a bit of computer advise when they visit. They
> mess with settings/hardware and everything else. At least with
> Windows, they all can keep the machine on the Internet and
> functioning (all be it they do a pretty bad job of it sometimes).
> With Linux, they're bound to break things. See #1
I second this opinion. I would do whatever it took to leave her
comfortable user interface alone, but provide a working, firewalled
connection to the internet.
I would only add that in my experience, Avast! antivirus has been MUCH
lighter weight than Norton and it's ilk (and, it's free for home
use!), but I do not know if it will run on 98 this old.
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