I am involved in computer support for seniors (50 years +) on a freelance basis, in Flandres (Belgium), mainly because I am approaching that age myself :wink: and that I have a fairly good experience in M$ stuff.
As more and more seniors venture on the digital highway with the pre-installed well know OS from Mr. Bill, I am getting really annoyed at the problems I have to solve for those people.
Try telling a 60 year old grandma to do a daily update of the virus signatures, use another firewall, remove the spyware on a daily basis, ... just to be able to mail, browse and chat with her grandchildren. You get the point.
Yesterday I had to 'rescue' such a person: PIII 1.2 GHz, 128 Mb RAM, Win98 2nd Ed with 8 virusses (troyan horses) and 650+ spyware items. And she mentioned that her PC was a bit slow..... :roll:
More than once I was tempted to install Linux on such a box, but I never actually managed to do it.
Now, together with a few other 50+ years old (mostly newbie) Linux users we would like to make a sort of tutorial for them on how and why to switch to Linux.
The only question I have for the moment is:
'Is it possible to teach a 50+ years old person with little to no computer experience how to install a distro on their box in dual boot, configure it for internet access (browse, mail, chat), set-up a printer, import pictures from their digi-camara, using KDE as GUI (most Windows look-alike), play MP3, ... using a well documented handout'
If so, what would be the best distro ?
Is there already something like that somewhere on the web that i can read and use as a base for the tutorial prior to translating it to Dutch (English or French sites are OK) ?
-- Alain --