First it was my brother-in-law to whose computer (an HP Pavillion laptop) I have installed Ubuntu GNU/Linux using Wubi installer. He solved a minor issue himself and upgraded Ubuntu to 9.04 and then to Kubuntu with the lates shiny KDE desktop.
A few months later my mother-in-law complained that her Sony Vaio was deadly slow and in a horrible state. She said that this computer is so old now. I said no, it is just because of MS Windows. I asked if she had anything critical to back up and after a small back up operation I installed Ubuntu GNU/Linux 9.04 (this time ‘normally’ and simply wiping off MS Windows completely). In about 30 minutes I was able to install the system, upgrade to the latest updates, set up Firefox 3.5 and aMSN and gave a very technical training to my mother-in-law that took about 5 minutes. The result? Well, she’s more than happy, easily runs her ‘new’ system and tells that the computer is flying, compared to its previous state (which was Win XP).
The Sony Vaio has got a CPU that runs at about 1.5 Ghz with 500 MB of RAM and 60 GB of HDD. It runs Ubuntu very smoothly, Firefox 3.5 is just a breeze and aMSN works without any problems. My mother-in-law says she can chat with her daughter and that if feels great and wants to learn more about that Ubuntu thing 😉
Her daughter says she wants that Ubuntu GNU/Linux, too. She is getting sick of MS Windows Vista’s performance that is getting slower everyday (including virus threats, lots of programs the she doesn’t need). I think I’ll help my wife, too.