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    Talking Mom digs Ubuntu

    I suppose the title says it all. I've mentioned the fact in other threads, but I thought it pertinent here.

    Mom's hooked on 5.10 and hasn't used Windows in months. Does all her Amazon.com sales, e-mails, printing, letter-writing, Web surfing, Shoutcast ... you name it.

    It might also bear mentioning that she hasn't the least technical inclination. She couldn't start up a terminal if she had to, and thinks .deb is a file specially made for someone named Debbie (that was just her idea of a joke, of course).

    The corollary to that is that I'm tech support for her, but it's a role I'm willing to play. She's thrilled with using her computer without relying on MS, without fear of viruses or the need for spyware scanners, and I get the experience of troubleshooting her machine for her.

    I'm trying to sell her on an upgrade come June, because 6.06 looks promising. We'll see how that goes. For now though, she's a rabid Breezy fan.

    So the next time someone tells you Linux isn't ready for the casual user ... point them at this thread.
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    Re: Mom digs Ubuntu

    Just installed Ubuntu Dapper Drake on my mother's laptop, and it works like a charm. Earlier with Windows XP, she had constant problems with virus, breakdowns and freezes. None of that anymore, even though Dapper is just an alpha release go mom
    Ubuntu Linux - approved by my mother

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    Re: Mom digs Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by K.Mandla
    and thinks .deb is a file specially made for someone named Debbie (that was just her idea of a joke, of course).
    Well, it's approximately true. Debra + Ian = Debian.

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    Re: Mom digs Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by gruepig
    Well, it's approximately true. Debra + Ian = Debian.
    Okay, I gotta tell her that now. She'll think she's a Linux genius. You gotta love moms.
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    Re: Mom digs Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by gruepig
    Well, it's approximately true. Debra + Ian = Debian.
    My wife is Deborah (deb)

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    Re: Mom digs Ubuntu

    THat's cool.. I did the same for a friend's mom. I gave my friend a guide to ubuntu so he could answer any of her questions. She loves it.

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    Re: Mom digs Ubuntu

    Since this is the Ubuntu Women thread I thought I'd just mention about my wifes best friend whom I've just converted to Ubuntu.

    After the fourth time repairing her Windows XP installation I'd suggested maybe Linux would be more to her liking.

    Of course she's one of those computer illiterate people who believes "The Computer" = Windows. She also believes "The Internet" = Internet Explorer.
    Imagine her surprise when I showed her my PC.

    So now she has "The Internet" on something called "Firefox", Email is on "Evolution" and Instant Messaging is on GAIM.

    She did complain about the funny movie emails her friends would send that she couldnt watch. I'm trying to find a way now for her to play WMV files.

    Cheers.
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    Re: Mom digs Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Revolution

    She did complain about the funny movie emails her friends would send that she couldnt watch. I'm trying to find a way now for her to play WMV files.
    Install automatrix.

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    Re: Mom digs Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Revolution
    She did complain about the funny movie emails her friends would send that she couldnt watch. I'm trying to find a way now for her to play WMV files.
    I guess this is what you're looking for (or automatix). Is she gonna want to update Firefox to 1.5 as well?

    Just a side note: whenever I do one of these things (update firefox, install codecs etc) in front of a friend, the friend will say "oh, it is so easy to do this in windows, why don't you use it instead". so beware
    Last edited by towsonu2003; April 12th, 2006 at 05:13 PM.

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    Re: Mom digs Ubuntu

    Quote Originally Posted by Revolution View Post
    Since this is the Ubuntu Women thread I thought I'd just mention about my wifes best friend whom I've just converted to Ubuntu.

    After the fourth time repairing her Windows XP installation I'd suggested maybe Linux would be more to her liking.

    Of course she's one of those computer illiterate people who believes "The Computer" = Windows. She also believes "The Internet" = Internet Explorer.
    Imagine her surprise when I showed her my PC.

    So now she has "The Internet" on something called "Firefox", Email is on "Evolution" and Instant Messaging is on GAIM.

    She did complain about the funny movie emails her friends would send that she couldnt watch. I'm trying to find a way now for her to play WMV files.

    Cheers.
    Try VLC

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