“Grandad?” says Granddaughter the Elder.
“Can you do something for me?”
“That depends” says I. There is no way I am going to trap myself into lending her a couple of hundred or giving her a lift to Donegal or something.
“Can you put Linux on this?” She opened her backpack and produced a laptop.
“I can” says I, “but why Linux?”
“My dad says it’s the best.”
“Where did he get that idea?” SiL is not known for making intelligent decisions.
“He said you told him.”
I was impressed. For once the little sod had actually listened to my advice. It’s a pity he didn’t listen to all the rest.
So Granddaughter the Elder skipped up to the attic to visit her Granny and I put Linux on the laptop. It was a second-hand machine and someone had completely wiped the hard disk so it was an easy job. It took me about twenty minutes to the point where it was working perfectly.
I showed it to G the E and she was delighted.
“Now I can load up all my games” says she in excitement.
Alarm bells rang.
“You can’t run your old programmes on Linux” says I.
I then said something incredibly foolish –
“Would you like me to put Windows on it as well?”
Of course she jumped at the idea and I said I would do it sometime when I had a chance.
So yesterday I got her laptop, wiped the hard disk and started to install Windows.
It complained that it needed an extra DVD Driver to load the disk.
I searched the Interwebs and found some drivers. I installed them. It still complained. I searched the Interwebs again and discovered that it is a dud DVD I was using and fuck all to do with drivers. Thanks Bill Gates! You and your useless error messages. Cunt!
I burned a new DVD and that went well. I installed Windows.
I tried to connect to the Interweb on it. It couldn’t even detect that it has Wireless [Linux of course had done that straight away]. I spent the rest of the evening trying to find drivers but as yet haven’t found one.
So today, or sometime, I have to resume my search and probably spend days at it. And when I have that done I will probably have to install more software to get the machine fully functional. And then I have to go through all the fucking updates and installing anti-virus and all that crap.
Only then can I reinstall Linux.
That’ll only take about twenty minutes.