“Just install Linux on it” is the “just change the engine of your car” of tech.
Not everyone is a mechanic, not everyone wants to be a mechanic, and, if we want a world where freedom is the norm, we must stop expecting everyone to become a mechanic.
Note: this is not because these people are too dumb to be mechanics. It’s because they’re brain surgeons and space-shuttle pilots and they have three kids and they care for a loved one and they don’t have time to also be a mechanic.
Just a couple of quick remarks :)
Competition with proprietary software in terms of quality, security and convenience is not an important goal for free software in general. I think that this misconception leads to a lot of frustration.
And installing a mainstream GNU/Linux distribution is not a technical task. You don't need to study in order to do this.
@vk How did I get it so wrong? Is there somewhere I can go to read up on all this?
If you want to install a distro, there are many ones, and everybody has their favorite. Mine is debian, but there are a few pages to read (https://www.debian.org/releases/stable/amd64/)
This one has less pages to read and many users too. I started with this one. https://www.ubuntu.com/download/desktop
I very much doubt the "not a technical part" but. If I hand a USB stick with "any mainstream Linux" to my dad (75), he'll plug it in and nothing will happen. Why? Because my dad does not know about boot order, boot loaders, BIOS, efi, or any of that. If he should by some miracle manage to get the stick to boot, how do you expect he'll get past the partition screen without losing all his data?
The answer is: he's not. He does not even know what a partition is.
@ck @aral The comparison was unfair to mechanics, because these people study to do their jobs. Now, I don't know your dad, but he may have relatives (😉) who know how to boot the USB stick. Then, the "mainstream linux" will boot and he will be able to try without installing it.
The partition screen will come well later, and there will be an option to partition automatically.
And don't assume that you are so much more intelligent than your dad 😁
I guess I'm missing your point completely unless it's "you don't need your stuff to simply work for you as long as you have someone to fix it for you", for which I can't even phrase a response...
I also tend to avoid quantifying peoples inteligence, I thinks the differences are marginal at best in comparison.
That is, unless you are trying to be condescending of course
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