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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
A couple of weeks ago, my mom got a bee in her bonnet about no longer being able to connect to her favorite web sites, due to the age of her browser and operating system. She's been running Mac OS 9 (yes, that's a 9, not an X) for several years now on her iMac, but lately more and more of her visited sites were dropping support, and access, from her Netscape browser.
I repeated her options: get a new Apple machine with OS X or get a new PC and let me get Linux on it for her. (Sorry, PPC Linux dudes, I have been there, done that with my old iBook, and never again.)
Honestly, I was lobbying for an Apple box, since she's been using Macs since her elementary school teaching days, and I thought the transition would be the easiest for her. The flaw in that plan, however, was that she wanted a laptop to take with her on her more-frequent retirement trips, and the prices of Powerbooks were enough to scare her off. So, a PC laptop it was.
The problems further arose when she saw a decent laptop on sale at one of the national office supply stores right before I left for OSCON last week. I confirmed it was a good machine and a good deal, so off she went to get it. That was not the problem. The problem was this was Friday; Saturday I was leaving on the flight to Portland, so I had no time to get Linux on the machine. While I was away, I would have to leave Mom running Vista.
Very bad son.