My wife has an HP G6 notebook, the fan failed on it yesterday and it has proven to be a nightmare to get it apart to repair it. We have a lot of computers in the house right now but my wife prefers to use a laptop in the living room rather than be in the computer room. This morning I created a user account for her on my Ubuntu 12.04 HP DV6 laptop and handed it to her and told her to go ahead and use it. My wife is a Windows user though...
My wife complained at first and she asked me a few questions about how to use Ubuntu. I noticed though that she has had a smile on her face ever since I handed her my laptop and she is happily sitting in the living room downloading a movie and doing all of the things that she normally does. My wife came in the computer room to show me the Windows wallpaper she selected to tease me. The thing is though is she is happy and she is figuring out how to do things pretty quick.
I will get my wifes laptop going again but I think that is is really cool that she has been smiling about using Ubuntu all morning. My wife called her dad to tell him about it because he had asked her what she would do when her laptop failed. My father-in-law has been a Ubuntu user for almost a year now and he of course teased her about it! I used to have to fix my father-in-laws computer every few months when he ran Windows but the last time he told me to go ahead and install Linux and he would give it a shot.
My father-in-law asked me the exact same questions as my wife when he started out but he has been problem free for a long time now. In my opinion this goes to show that if people give Ubuntu and Unity half a chance they will enjoy using it. I of course teased my wife and told her that I would make a Linux user out of her yet. I was not crazy about the idea of handing over my laptop to my wife but now I am pretty happy about it, just seeing her smiling and joking around really made me happy.
My wife gave Linux a try some years ago but things have changed so much since then. My wifes biggest complaint was that she could not play the games she liked. Now great game titles are available to run in Linux and I think that she will be real happy with the selection that is available. My 4 and 8 year old boys have always used Linux and they love the games they are able to run. I am going to show my wife the software center later today and I think she is going to be pleasantly surprised at the available games for purchase.
My wife is very thrifty so I think she will also be surprised at how reasonable the prices are for software. I never would have imagined things turning out so well from a having a hardware failure occur but this has turned out really well! I found a video on youtube that should help me to get my wifes laptop going again, if not I will just pay to have it fixed. On the G7 the laptop has to be completely disassembled because of the way HP designed it and there are some hidden screws that I am having some trouble with. Oh well, it's not the end of the world, just an inconvenience.
I hope that my wife discovers the benefits of running Linux and ends up enjoying it as much as I do. I run PCLinuxOS, MInt and Ubuntu on my computers because I like a long length of support. The thing I like about Ubuntu is that they came up with very original ideas developing Unity and new users seem to really enjoy the Unity interface. Unity is different enough that people do not expect it to be like Windows and that helps a great deal in teaching them how to use Linux. I have to give credit to Canonical for games being ported over to Linux too and for gaining support from graphics card manufacturers.
Right now my wife seems pretty happy!