January 4, 2013 3:50 AM Subscribe
Ubuntu for the elderly?
posted by turgid dahlia 2 to computers & internet (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A while ago my sister gave my mother (who just hit the big eight-zero) a relatively modern Compaq laptop with Windows 7 installed, and a whole bunch of movies on there for her to watch.
Well, it's languished in the corner near mum's telly for long enough and I took it off her tonight with the intention of doing...something.
Firstly, it's full of bloatware and the copy of Windows 7 is not legit so I'm currently installing Ubuntu 12.10 on it.
But...what next? My idea is to find some kind of "codger-friendly" interface for Ubuntu and to that end I've been looking at a thing called "Eldy" but apparently it's shit. So does anybody have any ideas?
Mum isn't TOTALLY computer-illiterate. She knows what a window is and how to use a mouse and keyboard and click on things but I'll be honest, as a Windows boy I find Ubuntu to be pretty counterintuitive and annoying and anything I do to Ubuntu is just going to be reflecting my own levels of comfort with a Windows-esque system.
So I was hoping some of you fine folk might have taken on a similar project, setting up computers for the elderly - intimidated by technology - and making it user-friendly and accessible and fun and compelling and EASY. I want it simple as opening a book or turning on a telly (well, not quite, but y'know) and I want to load it with movies and fun little games and gidgets.
Difficultly level: It won't be for email or internetting. Mum doesn't have an internet connection but I'll be able to grab the laptop and update/install stuff whenever required.
Basically just a media centre with some other interesting interactive stuff on it and whatever bits and pieces seem good. Mum isn't senile or stupid but I don't want her to have to click on too many different things to do stuff so I pretty much want everything she's ever going to use to be sitting right there on the desktop, ready to go.
I know this is a pretty vaguey question and it's also hastily-typed so I apologise for gibbering, but I'd love to hear any and all feedback from Mefites who have set up computers for the elderly and easily frightened. Lessons learned, things they wish they'd done, things they do consistently with great success, recommended software and applications, etc.