Posted on Monday 30th of October 2006 at 12:51 in Linux

Ubuntu user fails to convert girlfriend

This story comes from the Ubuntu Forums where one of the users attempted to convert his girlfriend to using Ubuntu. I've had his permission to display it here because I feel more people should read his story

I was SO SO close. I had everything working perfectly for her (except for the precious button on her keyboard that opens up a calculator). The end of the story gets a little unbelievable, but it's true.

About a year ago my girlfriend bought a Compaq computer (Windows XP MCE) from BB. She was satisfied with it until about 2 months ago. It started slowing down to a halt. Opening programs, surfing the internet...everything was taking forever. I've maintained her computer ever since the day she got it. From the beginning I installed AVG, ZoneAlarm, Spyboy S&D, Adaware, CCleaner and Microsoft Defender. I installed Firefox for her as well, but she didn't always use it. Basically, I had her computer locked down like a maximum security prison.

ubuntu For the last two months however, all these programs stopped making any performance difference. Her computer just started crawling along. Finally she got sick of her computer's attitude (and my bragging about Ubuntu) and asked me to install Ubuntu. Naturally I did so happily and chose Kubuntu cause chicks dig eye candy, am I right guys? It installed flawlessly and I had no trouble setting up the drivers for her ATI card.

After the first few days the jury was still out. She didn;t have any complaints or anything, but didn't gush about it either. Then for some reason her connection to the internet get really crappy. Some pages took 5-10 minutes to load. And then the bitching commensed:

"I want Windows back, linux (as she simply refers to it) sucks!
I hate linux! The next time you're here you WILL take this off my computer!"

So I said:

"Let me see if I can figure out what's wrong baby, if i can't fix it I'll take linux off."

Immediately I booted into windows, and strangely enough in Windows she had absolutely NO internet connection. It was slow as a turtle in Ubuntu, but there was NOTHING in Windows. I repaired the connection in Windows but it was still slow...until I booted into Ubuntu. It was LIGHTNING FAST after fixing the connection and disabling ipv6.

This more than satisfied her for about two weeks, until the following exchange took place this morning:

"Linux is not user friendly at all. The names don't make sense. I can't figure out how to burn a CD. My burning program in Windows was SO much easier."

"Honey, it wasn't easier...Ubuntu is just different. Give yourself some time to adjust."

"No! I want windows back right now! Linux is so much faster, but the names are horrible."

"Ok, I guess I can take Ubuntu off your computer. But I don't know what else to do about how slow Windows is. Both your bother and I are out of ideas."

"That's ok. I'm gonna have my brother install that other one he has on his computer."

"He has Vista rc2 honey, you'll only be able to use that until june 2007 and after that it'll lock you out unless you drop $300 for a license.

"I don't care. That's like 8 months from now."

"Alright, I'm just trying to save you some hassle in the long run. But don't say I didn't warn you."

So currently she's grudgingly using kubuntu, but I'm sure it'll be gone shortly. It's a shame...I was so close...


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