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The Spirit of Ubuntu

Jun 21, 2010, 22:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Emery Fletcher)

"He had not only succeeded in teaching himself to boot the system, he had been exploring the possibilities of it for hours and he was delighted. "This is MUCH more interesting than Windows!" he said. The only problem was that he'd not yet spotted that little power button in the upper right corner, which settled the matter at once.

"Again some time passed. In her weekly calls to him, my wife reported, he didn't say much about Linux or Ubuntu or even computers, and we both feared he'd lost interest or hit a snag and didn't want to ask for more help. I would send along an encouraging or informational email to him from time to time, but I didn't want to pester him.

"Finally we found out what had happened: without saying anything about it, Ron had been busy upgrading his 9.04 first to 9.10, and from there to 10.04. He'd done it entirely on his own, which is testimony not only to his defiance of the obstacles of age, but also to the ease with which an interested beginner can come to terms with the Ubuntu version of Linux."

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