Do you have old people? You know, people that don't know that the monitor is not a computer. People that don't know how computers catch viruses. Well, if you do, I would suggest for you to install Linux on their computers. Why would you install a POS, super hard to use OS for someone that does't even know what an OS?
Well, for two reasons. One being that Linux has gotten easier to use. Check out Ubuntu. The other is that Linux doesn't get viruses.(Because not a lot of people use it.) And if your old people are like my old people, then this means that they will call you a lot less. I installed Linux for my parents and they haven't had any problems yet.
If you do want to give it a try, here are a few tips.
- Try it out Ubuntu on a USB first to make sure that you have all the drivers you need.
- Get an HP Printer or a printer that has linux drivers. I had a good experience with Lexmark.
- Get Samba to share files between Linux and Windows. (If you actually need networked filing)
- Avoid broadcom drivers.
- If you do install Ubuntu, go to this website to install some fun apps and services. (And no command line!)
- Is there a Windows app that you need to run? Use Wine and see if you can install it. Just check the website to see it the app runs well. Some apps that you can run under Wine: WoW, Steam, Star Craft II Retail, Photoshop cs3
- Wine not helping? Then get Virtual Box. You will need an actual copy of Windows. (Not recovery discs)