A different kind of generational issue

This week the BBC at http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/technology/2009/11/computing_for_the_elderly_patr.html has been looking at a product aimed specifically at computer users from the generation before the baby boomers.    Its main distinctive features are that it’s Linux based, has a simple interface with large text, and the involvement of Valerie Singleton, who was a children’s TV presenter in the 1960s, and subsequently went on to work on the Money Progamme.   I do think it’s an interesting idea, though I take the point that many retired people are very IT-literate and that this product isn’t for them.

It’s a pity that much of the discussion on the BBC blog page seems to have descended into Windows/Linux rivalry.  Talking of which, the same computer got a bit of coverage at http://www.linuxtoday.com/news_story.php3?ltsn=2009-11-11-017-35-NW-BZ – a Linux today site which comes up on my computer with banner advertising for Microsoft…

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