Mechatotoro and I bought a new desktop PC for our mother, who wanted to replace her old box.
We went to the computer store and asked for a barebone rig. The guy was quite amused to hear about people who did not want to add Windows. He was a bit puzzled when he heard we would load Linux to it. I guess he would fall off his seat if he knew the computer was not for us, but for our mother!
Then, we made a test. Just to check for compatibility (new PCs come with UEFI, which does not play fair with Linux all the time), I took my outdated live MEPIS 11 pendrive and tried to install the OS.
About 5 minutes later, the installation was done and the store guy was amazed at the speed of the process. "Linux has improved a lot these days!" was all he could say.
But remember: this was Mother's computer. She should not be using an old MEPIS 11 OS to power her brand new PC. Now, I have nothing against MEPIS 11: after all, I am typing this on my MEPIS 8 PC.
But the idea of the new computer was also having a new OS. "What about Windows 10?", I asked her. To put it diplomatically, let's just say she did not like the idea.
Then, after some thought, we installed MX-15. Mechatotoro then customized the desktop with a full theme of THE WALKING DEAD that he designed for the occasion (Yes... Mom's a BIG fan of that show.)
The result? Our mother couldn't be happier with her new spooky PC! That surely gives a new meaning to zombie computers!
When I see Mom sitting happily in front of her computer, I think that all those people who claim Linux is too hard and that only computer geeks can use it are still living in the past, and a very distant one, by the way. They might have missed one --or several-- important upgrades.
Too bad for them! While they catch up, our mother will be using her zombie PC that runs MX-15 (an OS she had never touched before) and does EVERYTHING she wants.
What about Mom's old computer? Mom gave it to Mechatotoro's daughter so that the 5-year-old girl may use PicarOS (a GalPon MiniNo edition special for kids) to her heart's content.
Everyone's happy! :)