I've been reading around different stories about how we're not making our systems enough "grandma"-proof (that is to be "easily" used by grandmas. Sorry grandpas, you're probably not too appealing for the cause).

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14 years 38 weeks 19 hours 30 min ago


Age or possession of grandchildren

Age or possession of grandchildren is probably not the fundamental factor. I have begun thinking in terms of computer user 'novices' and also 'vulnerable' novices. At any age some users remain novices perpetually. They just (hopefully) arrange to get more help from their friends or family members(FOFM). If they are lucky the fofm uses linux. I regard them as more vulnerable if they remain novices while not realising they are. The implication here is that they do not want to, or are unable to, gain more skills.

Although Linux (I choose kubuntu or edubuntu) is not perfect in these cases it is a huge improvement over windows. That is why after successfully setting up and running (for 3 years) an older persons internet cafe in a large town in UK for a national charity, I resigned after I realised the implications for vulnerable people using windows. Friends and charities that I help now get Kubuntu or Edubuntu.

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