Wanted to get opinions on "training" my Pop to use Xubuntu 9.04 vs. Windows XP.
For a 70+ year old man, he's pretty good at listening/walking through commands.
However, for the LIFE of me--I can't get him to stop clicking links, looking at jokes friends send him (he STILL does not understand the concept of Malicious software can arrive from a friend's email). --thus his PC is always getting infected.
I've tried everything I can to "lock down" his Windows environment to no avail (i.e. Host Block, Spybot, WinPatrol, AVG--etc.etc.)
It either gets past that---and/or I "disable" his computer functionality to the point he can't use it when needed (ie HOST Block/WinPatrol--locked him out of something he needed. I had to teach him to turn off---then turn back on, etc.etc.)-I'm betting he disabled for good.
I've even begged/pleaded him to STOP using Outlook Express---and he keeps going back to OE the first time something goes "wrong" with Thunderbird (or GMail).
1-He's on DSL (so I *think* he has a static IP)--is there an application similar to "GO TO MY PC" that can be used with Xubuntu--I can use to help him diagnose problems (vs. trying the walk through over the phone---last time I was 2-hours on the phone with him).
2-Is there a VMWare (free of course)---like Application---that when he needs to access his i386 "only" applications---he can pop open his Session and get to that?!?! For example--He has some Charles Schwab application installed on his CPU--I'm willing to bet they don't offer that in Linux format--and if they did---I'd have no clue how to support it (much less have him have success calling them to help him).
MY GOAL:I'm really tired of walking him through fixing his infested Windows XP---and want to give him a way to simply check his email, run Picasa, run Gmail, run Thunderbird---and when he hit's a wall---I can "dial into" his PC and see what's up/how I can help him.