[plug] How to convert without having to support??

tim myfirstmullet at gmail.com
Mon Aug 6 17:21:39 WST 2007

oh man, my advice would be don't get into it. it's been my experience that
once you setup a computer for someone, it becomes your problem for LIFE!
adding linux into the equation is just asking for pain. what happens when
his kids send him a latest version wmv files in his email and he can't play
it? phone call to you.

On 8/6/07, Paul Antoine <pma-la at milleng.com.au> wrote:
> Folks,
> In deference to everyone's desire for on-topic content, I proffer the
> following conundrum:
> I have been approached by an acquaintance who wishes to connect to the
> Internet for the first time.  He's 60+ year old pensioner and
> computer-illiterate, though his kids/grandkids are not of course.  He's
> also cheap... and wants a computer for $300.
> No problem I thought.  I have lots of old PIII bits lying around which
> will happily run Ubuntu, and another friend of his has donated a screen,
> keyboard and mouse.
> I want him to run Ubuntu so he doesn't have to buy an M$ license for XP
> (Win98 is now no longer supported with fixes) and to help him avoid the
> worries of malware, spyware and viruses.
> Now here's the rub: I don't want to have to teach/support him as I
> simply don't have the time.  I'd like his kids/grandkids to be able to
> do that for him, but am afraid that their unfamiliarity with Ubuntu will
> make them ineffective in that regards.
> Ideas? Suggestions?  I await your collective wisdom...
> Paul Antoine
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