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Re: Sunday afternoon advocacy

  • Subject: Re: Sunday afternoon advocacy
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 06 Feb 2006 04:28:19 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [Kier] on Sunday 05 February 2006 19:56 \__

> On Sun, 05 Feb 2006 19:39:31 +0000, DM McGowan II wrote:
>> Roy Schestowitz wrote:
>>> __/ [Kier] on Sunday 05 February 2006 16:39 \__
>>>> On Sun, 05 Feb 2006 16:22:02 +0000, M wrote:
>>>>> Kier wrote:
>>>>>> The Sunday Times newspaper has an IT/technology section, which today
>>>>>> focuses on open source software:
>>>>>> 'Danny and Linda Lee, who are both in their mid-50s, know as much
>>>>>> about computers as they do about gangsta rap. Yet Mr and Mrs Lee's
>>>>>> computer at their home in Bedhampton, Hampshire, doesn't run Microsoft
>>>>>> Windows. Nor is it a newbie0friendly Mac. "I gave my parents amachine
>>>>>> running Linux, and they know no different," says their son Wayne. "I
>>>>>> showed them where to click and start the internet, and they got on
>>>>>> with it. It doesn't faze them at all."
>>>>>> The article goes on to discuss Linux and open source software, and
>>>>>> recommends six of the best open source programs to get people started,
>>>>>> including Firefox ('the best web browser around, bar none'),
>>>>>> OpenOffice.org, and the GIMP.
>>>>> Is there by chance an Online URL to this story?
>>>> Not to this one, no, but I think it may become available at a later date
>>>> from here:
>>>> www.timesonline.co.uk/doorscampaign
>>> I know it doesn't equate to a full Linux migration*, but my 50-year-old
>>> parents finally use Firefox and Thunderbird. They also use a Wiki for
>>> communication rather than than relying on Hotmail.
>> What does being 50 have to do with it?
> Older people tend to be less open to new technologies. Although, given
> that I'm now forty-five, fifty is starting to seem a lot younger :-)

I agree with the former point. As an actual example that my mind holds
afresh, my father has been using paper notes as long I can remember and he
sometimes jots on his palm. I gave his my Palm handheld as an excuse to
upgrade mine over a year ago. Despite my attempts to have his take advantage
of the handheld, I only see it sitting in the cradle. He will probably never
embrace that technology. His 80 year-old father started using the Internet
before *he* did, but that's an exception. It seems to take a lot of stubbern


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