At a staff meeting today, a staff member who was new but on the job two months and a bit suddenly demanded that her teacher’s PC be put back to that other OS. The fact that this matter was of no concern to the entire staff was a bit annoying but I outlined why we had gone to GNU/Linux and how I had made many offers to help anyone with difficulty. She insisted. I asked whether she had any files to back up. She said none.
Here’s the log of restoring “7” which had never been on the PC.
- 3:47 boot from restoration CD
- 4:00 changed to second CD
- 4:07 it asks for CD1 again but does not accept it. The names of the CD are what I need to pay attention to so finally I click “no” and it reboots
- 4:10 another reboot
- 4:12 rebooted again “setup preparing for first use…”
- 4:15 another reboot
- 4:21 another reboot
- 4:21 another reboot – makes a backup image
- 4:35 another reboot – checking video
- making passwords (requires a hint…) spongey scrolling to read EULAs, M$+Lenovo
- 4:40 another reboot – skip registration
- 4:46 first sign of a desktop
- After all that, no word-processor, HP1020 talks to it but does not get treated as printer, cannot find driver, driver for photocopier could not be found but manual download works.
- 5:15 another reboot 45s to login screen and 10s to get a desktop, almost half the speed of our 8 year old PCs.
- Create accounts
- Install OpenOffice.org and Chrome Browser
- Start to install anti-virus
- Cannot mount file share
- 6:54 and counting
- 8:00 and the firewall/virus-scanner works
So there we go. After 4 hours of work she has that other OS and less capability with lower speed than before.