Switching My Dad to Linux–Part Two

Article Source ComputerWorld
May 15, 2009, 6:31 am
As mentioned in my last posting, I’m not a very good Linux evangelist. I don’t try and convert family and friends to Linux. Therefore, as surprising as it sounds, putting Ubuntu on my dad’s new laptop–as I did a week ago–was the first time I’ve ever directly converted another individual to Linux. It’s safe to say I’ve indirectly converted 100s of thousands of people with my books (Ubuntu Pocket Guide) has been downloaded over 500,000 times, for example). But this was my first “hands on” experience. It was fun. To my dad, a computer is primarily a magical eBay machine. Like many in the older generation, he loves online auctions. He knows practically nothing about how computers or operating systems work. He just has no interest. A computer is a tool, not an end in itself. He also browses a lot and sometimes prints off letters using OpenOffice.org. I switched him to Firefox and OpenOffice.org years ago on his old XP laptop…