Started talking about this on Ubuntu forums here: LINK
Thought I'd take it here because this isn't really a strictly Ubuntu topic for me anymore and you guys are the best of the 'net.
Long story short.
My wifes grandpa is 94, WWII vet, widower, living in a lodge. He is using some social networks to keep in touch with his family. Wife is teaching him how to use Facebook, he's previously used MSN for video chat etc. Uses outlook for his email. Occasionally watches a few saved videos on his HDD.
The problem: Windows XP. For an older person who doesn't use computers and has little time left in his life to care about becoming adept at them.
His family (my wifes aunts and uncles) "set him up" with an older computer. or I should say a succession of older computers that suck, get bogged down by malware, email viruses, etc. He needs a computer that doesn't suck that he does very few distinct things with. Facebook, Email, Video Chatting, Media player. That's basically it. His sight isn't really good either so here is my plan.
I have a complete P4 build ready to give him.
P4 HT 3.0 GHz
Asus P4C-800E mobo - revision 2.0 from Compaq (i know i know)
1 gb ddr
120 gb hard drive.
Sapphire Radeon X1950 pro (AGP) <--- way too much for him but it's all i got in AGP, and I'm not using it for myself
I just need to figure out what OS. I'm staying away from Windows. It's a death trap for a guy like him. I've been thinking of using Ubuntu 11.10 for him to take advantage of the ease of the Unity desktop. But I'm worried about the icon size. UNR would be good, but I can't find any up to date version. But I suppose 9.10 would not be bad ( I used it for a year ). Also I'm thinking Joli OS, but I don't know much about it. I just tried the Live CD and it looks good, but I'm concerned about the whole "musthaveinternetoryoucan'tuseyourcomputer"-ness of it. I don't know if that's just because I was using the live-cd, or what.
All I want to do is get rid of everything that he doesn't need. No extra menus, no system prefs, no terminal, all I want is 6 gigantic desktop icons. Browser, FB, Skype, Youtube, Media Player, Thunderbird, Chat, and a Shutdown button somewhere. Nothing else. Of the 3 OS's I mentioned, which would you use, or would you use something different? Please share.