Iâ€™ve toyed with Linux since 2002, when I first installed Mandrake. With the latest release of Ubuntu, I was interested to see how far Linux had come since then in terms of being used easily by the mainstream. So, I tricked my grudging girlfriend Erin into sitting down at a brand new Ubuntu 8.04 installation and performing some basic tasks. Itâ€™s surprising how many seemingly simple things become complicated and even out of reach for someone without a knowledge of Linux. There are a lot of little things that could be done to make the experience a lot more friendly for non-computer-literate people â€“ some of them easy to implement, others not at all.Erinâ€™s knowledge of computers is limited to word processors, spreadsheets, Photoshop and a reasonable amount of browsing on the Web. Fairly standard stuff for a university philosophy student. All I did to the system (before leaving Erin at the log-in screen) was to install it and create a user account for her. She had no problems logging in, and loved the stylised heron background. Then I gave her one by one the tasks Iâ€™d set her. I didnâ€™t give her any help at all.
Related Posts: On this day...
- In-depth look at SpyEye crimeware - 2011
- What data does Facebook publish about you? - 2010
- TSA applesauce "assault" case thrown out - 2010
- IBM Supercomputer to Compete on "Jeopardy!" - 2009
- The Pirate Google: Google is as guilty of linking to torrents as The Pirate Bay - 2009
- Ever drop a magnet through a copper tube? - 2009