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 Linux.com, 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.