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Thread: People in my family are scared of Linux and Firefox.

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    People in my family are scared of Linux and Firefox.

    My parents are absolutely refusing to use Linux. They just won't touch it. Since I got Ubuntu installed, told them about it, they just went out and bought a new virus firewall.

    If I try to leave the computer on overnight in a transfer, they shut it off and boot up windows.. but for really idiotic reasons. "I wanted to check facebook" is what my mom says. I ask her why she can't do the same on Linux, and she'll respond " Linux is too hard to figure out"

    An old computer in the house won't even work, but my mom claimed it as her's. I told her I could probably load on a Linux distro to make it work, but she says it wouldn't work for what she needs it for (typing)

    Another thing is my uncle. He's a bank manager. He was talking to me one day about how he went through two laptops over the last year that had XP and vista on them because of viruses killing the system. I showed him Linux, but he refuses to touch it. He thinks it'll break his system because it's free. And I think that's quite funny considering he goes through about 2 or 3 laptops every year or so.

    Does anyone else find it annoying to have people in the house/family that are afraid to touch anything besides Windows?

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    Re: People in my family are scared of Linux and Firefox.

    Sorry, I had to laugh.

    But seriously, this is evidence of a need for computer literacy education.
    2010 IBM Thinkpad 510, 4GB RAM, i5-540M, NVS 3100M

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    Re: People in my family are scared of Linux and Firefox.

    There is a theme for Firefox which makes it look almost exactly like IE7. I fooled people with it, so you might want to try that.

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    Re: People in my family are scared of Linux and Firefox.

    I tried it with Opera, it's a no go. They just want Windows.

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    Re: People in my family are scared of Linux and Firefox.

    No offense, but i thought MY family was scared of linux...

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    Re: People in my family are scared of Linux and Firefox.

    Is it your computer? If so, they should use whatever OS you want on it.

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    Re: People in my family are scared of Linux and Firefox.

    This is actually pretty similar to what I experienced in my thread. Funny how both appeared on the forums at pretty similar times.

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    Re: People in my family are scared of Linux and Firefox.

    I think logging out of Ubuntu is the most difficult operation (System -> Quit makes a lot of sense, but is completely unusual), so consider it an encouraging sign that she figured it out. Granted, she may have just cut the power the hardware way...
    Last edited by Mr. Picklesworth; June 17th, 2008 at 09:00 PM.

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    Re: People in my family are scared of Linux and Firefox.

    Quote Originally Posted by kaldor View Post
    They just want Windows.
    So let them use Windows (provided it's not on your machine)

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    Re: People in my family are scared of Linux and Firefox.

    well my mom still wont use linux, but my dad who is as basic a computer user there is uses it as his primary os, im close to getting mom to try it because of that, i mean if he can anyone can

    my mom is actually the reason im a computer geek, she introduced me to mozilla suite and its been a slow drip towards complete open source since then

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