I have the following list which shows up the major problems I've encountered with non-technical-savvy people (don't like the term elderly ;)):
- Support for today's "standard" office formats (OOXML _and_ DOC(x)/XLS(x), etc.) - However: Please don't start to blame OoO oder LibreOffice for some "stupid" things the traditional formats of MSOffice does. - Support for today's standard Multimedia/Entertainment formats: - Flash, (Silver/Moon)light, WMV, MP3 and more - OOTB sun-java working in browsers (lots of people use java-based portals for their financing, etc. Some crypto stuff is only available in non-oss sun-java - FTR: A simple "install multimedia extensions" icon or something like that - In-Place upgrades (zypper dup) should be integrated more nicely and without major knowledge/interaction within openSUSE. I really don't like Ubuntu, but they really do a great job regarding this part. - Better implementation of remote support (vino is ok, but VNC is a really bad idea over weak links) -> x2godesktopsharing would be an idea for this - Some form of better wine integration to enable windows-based apps that can run. Like something making an auto-lookup to winehq.com of how good an application is supported.
What do you think? Just some ideas I've been gathering over time...
I work together with some older people (60-70 years of life) and try to teach them some computer knowledge. I also say often that it will be easier to use a Linux-distro like openSUSE. So I ask myself, how I can say these people that openSUSE is better (easier) for them then Windows. They use Windows 7 and sometimes their are some really big problems they can´t fix by themselves. So they ask me. I think that openSUSE is easier for them because you just need to update your packages and don´t download a new exe-file for keep your system up-to-date.
Maybe we can make something (e.g. videos or pdf-files/presentations) for that people that they may use openSUSE and better understand their computers
kind regards and a happy new year kdl