Grandma and Open-Sourcing

Is teaching an old dog a new OS the best way to promote open source?

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There’s an interesting essay on CNET about the trend of more and more people migrating to Linux, and why they’ve basically got the wrong idea. The piece is a response to an article on, in which the author describes how he “cobbled together a computer” for his Mom out of cast-offs, then switched her over from Windows to Ubuntu Linux.

CNET’s Matt Asay, who declares himself to be an open-source believer, says this misses the point. Don’t switch Grandma’s operating system. Keep the comfortable standard, and move her over to open-source programs instead. This, he says, is the way to push the open-source movement.