I have been trying to teach friends (about my age 66) how to work computers, mainly internet, invariably they have had a set given them, my latest “pupil” has a 20 gig. 125 etc. windows 98, the windows keep closing and MSN error says W98 not supported etc. (his daughter was going to throw it away, probably best thing for it). Would you recommend I change his operating system to Linux?, and try to teach him this way, (I am not too well up on Linux but willing to learn). Appreciate any advice. Thanks.
I'm 59 this year and only use Linux now, this is after being a Windows user for years. I Definitely will not be going back to Windows, so I think your little group will be fine learning Linux. For the average user they wouldn't know the difference because the applications work exactly the same between the two systems.
I use PCLinuxOS at the moment it is one of the best desktop systems out. If you download the ISO and burn it to a disk it will run as a live CD, in other words it will run from the CD and load itself into RAM so it won't touch your hard disk at all. If it works OK and you like it you have the option of loading it onto your hard drive.
What you could do to let them get the feel of Linux is Download a Live CD version from click here Do not download one more than about 650Mb this will take some time even on BroadBand but you can use Nero to create the CD from the Download. It contains Office and Internet stuff in the Software No need to load the CD onto the Hard Drive Just set BIOS to boot from CD it will load to Ram and run from the CD. Only thing is things will be lost when you turn the computer off, Good in one way as any Virus's will be wiped