So I finally decided enough was enough. Everytime I go home my dad is bugging me about defragging the computer, or that his computer is running slow, or asking me to do routine computer stuff that totally blows his mind. On top of that, when I went home for Thanksgiving, he asked me "what anti-virus do you use? My subscription is about to run out and I need to buy a new one." That was the straw the broke the camel's back.
And guess what else, they still use AOL for internet/email. My girlfriend constantly makes fun of me saying that my parents are the only people in the world still using AOL.
Now, I'm finally taking action but I would like to get advice from anyone who's done a similar thing with family members.
First things first. I've set up a gmail account for my parents and I'm going to link up their AOL account with the gmail and slowly ween them off of AOL.
Second. I'm going to get them used to using a browser. They've only ever used AOL since 1995. Any suggestions ? I think I'm going to get them to use Google Chrome. They know the Google name and they trust it. My mom finally knows how to 'google' things on the internet.
Third. I think I'm going to get them to use Mozilla Thunderbird for email. I think the interface is similar enough to AOL so that they won't be disoriented.
Fourth. I'm going to make sure that they aren't using any special programs. The only use the computer for photos aside from word processing and the internet (to the best of my knowledge). They own a Panasonic Lumix camera and I need to make sure they can connect it to Ubuntu and download all their photos.
Fifth. Back up. Wipe Windows. Install Ubuntu.
Any suggestions would be nice. Or if you have a similar story, by all means I'd like to hear it!