TN.Frank Posted March 26, 2014 Share Posted March 26, 2014 Let me preface by saying I'm not a computer genius by any stretch of the imagination BUT I can do basic stuff like load an op system, set it up the way I like it, install basic software through a software center of via a .deb package, ect. Why is it that so many people have and use computers but have no Earthly Clue how to do even simple tasks on them? I talked to my daughter-in-law to wish her happy birthday the other day and somehow(not like I'd say anything,LOL) we got on the subject of computers. She said they were getting their laptop back from repair and she was complaining about how much it'd cost for Anti-Virus Software. I mentioned Linux and she said "Yah, but Macs are so expensive." and I had to explain to her that Macs use OS-X, Linux runs on PC's. They she said they were getting the internet and I told her about how fast Linux would run on her laptop and I guess she thought I was saying something about the internet because she started talking about how much it cost for faster internet and I had to back track her and told her that I was actually talking about the operating system on the computer and not the internet. I told her I'd burn her off a couple DVD's, one of Point Linux and one of SolydX and she could install them on her computer and she'd not have to worry about buying anti-virus software or getting malware and stuff. She thought that was a good idea but I'd be willing to bet that she'd not be able to install the Distro and even if she did she'd not understand that you can tweak stuff to set it up the way you like it, that's it's not Windows where it's the MicroSoft way or the Highway. Then I started thinking about how I'm going to have to walk her through getting the clock and date set up, how I'll probably have to talk her through doing "sudo apt-get update" and "sudo apt-get dist-upgrade" to get things up to date. I just can't understand why EVERYONE doesn't know how to do that stuff, LOL. Seems like pretty basic knowledge to me. Oh well, guess I'll just have to suffer through getting her up to speed with Linux and hopefully she'll take the ball and run with it after she's using it for a while. I mean there's plenty of great Linux forums to ask questions on and plenty of web sites with info it's just that a person has to stop being so helpless and actually make an effort to learn about stuff. I don't mind helping out but there comes a point where it's kind of a "get off your butt and learn it for yourself" kind of deal. Anyway, guess this has turned into a little bit of a rant but I just had to vent a bit and get this off of my chest, LOL See ya'll on the forums. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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