How I Won My Parents Over to Linux!
Re-posted from here
but I know alot of people here don't visit Ubuntu forums. So here it is with hashtags added:
had a very frustrating #upgrade
experience. I can't tell you much about it because I inherited their old #Windows
that's as old as I am, and I was trying to make it work faster while they were doing the upgrade from Windows 8.
I was successful in getting my hand-me-down computer to run really fast - by installing an #Ubuntu
derivative made for old relics like mine called #LXLE
. I found it in a Google search about rescuing old computers. It's so fast and simple! I think I got it all installed in like 20 minutes start to finish.
Meanwhile my parents had to send theirs back to the computer store to get the upgrade to work, and they used my computer while theirs was being fixed. They thought I was some kind of computer wizard or something because that old thing was zipping along so fast and easy! Well they ended up with a whole new computer with a zillion terrabytes of RAM and quad-cores and warp drive and whatever else, with Windows 10. For some reason the computer store couldn't (or didn't) upgrade the one they sent in. My parents for happy for about a week or so, but even after a week they were still trying to figure out the "navigation" and stuff. Mine is just point-and-click, with a Menu button (or a right-click on the desktop) and stuff that makes finding applications super easy. So Mom kept using my computer when I was at #school
instead of her high-powered warp-speed super duper one, just because it's so easy to find stuff! Like #LibreOffice
Writer and web browsing and such. I had told her it's not Windows but she didn't get it I guess.
One day I came home and found her red-faced on the phone with some poor tech support guy complaining about how her new machine was so slow and frustrating while her #kid's
ancient relic could run circles around it.
"My 13-year-old has his decade-old computer running better than my new one! Maybe I should have him fix it!" she shouted.
"Mom, I'm 14 now."
"SHHHH! I'm on the phone!"
"What did you call what you did on your computer, Jamie?"
"Linux! He says it's Linux. Can you put that on my computer please? What? What do you mean you can't? Why can't you? My 13-year-old can!"
"I'm 14 now, Mom..."
She hangs up the phone angrily, still steaming mad. I decided to run and hide while she cooled off. I hadn't seen her that mad since I banged up the car because I'm too small to see over the dash and I was just supposed to put it in the carport. At least this time she wasn't mad at me!
Well, long story short: A couple of days later Mom and Dad asked me to make their computer like mine. SIMPLE and FAST. I Googled all over the place about dual-booting with Windows 10, backed up all their important stuff, and warned them that I'm not an expert and I'd feel really bad if I messed up. "You can't make it any worse than it already is, son," they said. "Go for it."
It's so funny! Their zillion-terrabye quad-core warp-drive computer runs a Linux distro made for old relics like mine (except I got the 64-bit version for theirs) dual-booted with Windows 10, which they almost never use except for some of Dad's work stuff sometimes I think.
They are both really happy to have an #OS
that you just point and click your way along instead of getting lost in a bewildering maze of screens and menus they can't figure out. And I'm very happy to have made up for denting up the car!