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...and I switched them both over to Linux (different flavors of Ubuntu).

When I went to visit them, I was tired of spending hours in front of their computers doing updates and regular maintenance and malware busting just to keep the machines semi-workable. As soon as I switched them over to Linux, the amount of time I spent providing them tech support during visits plummeted.

My parents are not computer literate. That translated into lots of regular issues with their Windows computers. When we made the switch to Linux, I had to show them where to click or how to navigate the GUI in a couple of cases or do some basic setup work, and field the occasional question. But they were able to maintain the updates and upgrades process themselves, and the computers didn't need any other software-related maintenance other than the occasional reboot. And that's with me approaching them about any computer issues they've been having. Whereas with Windows, it was always them calling me up about the latest issue they'd been having.

Now, we are finally replacing my mom's 12+ year old Core2Duo Dell laptop because it can't even run Lubuntu all that well anymore. While we could upgrade the ram (it only has 3gb) and HDD, that type of ram is actually pretty scarce now, not all that inexpensive, the laptop is fairly banged up, and I think over 12 years is a pretty dang good run for a laptop anyway. I'm thinking of going Lenovo this time, either a Thinkpad E15 or a Thinkbook 15 (both intel, because they seem to be fully certified to work out of the box with Linux).

Just thought I'd share the positive story. Here's another one that had a bit wider reach: Around the same time, I also ran a public technology education program for older adults, and we switched to Lubuntu in the computer lab for similar reasons. The people using the program barely noticed. They said "windows looks funny" but a lot of them appreciated the fact that I had "upgraded the computers" (they were a lot faster and more responsive)! In fact, it was the Windows techies that complained the most, I think because it was something outside their narrow comfort zone. But the more ignorant people didn't care one bit in the worst cases, and responded positively to the change (more functional, reliable, responsive computers!) otherwise. I don't think the Tech Support guys for the computer lab liked it, though. They only knew Windows, and they charged $70/hr for tech support which was a huge financial drain to the program. Those expenses for us (and revenue for them) all-but went away after the change.

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