I am one of the volunteers that looks after the IT
equipment at a community centre. The equipment includes 5 x PC's located in a room for
the public to use. These PC's were originally donated with a single drive that has
Windows 10. We add another drive which we make the Sata-0 drive, and move the cable for
the Windows 10 drive so it is on the Sata-2 port. On the drive that we have added we
install Ubuntu-Mate. By default, when the PC's power on, they boot up Ubuntu-Mate.
Over the summer holidays the main users of these PC's are local children in the age
range of 6 to 10 years old. I recently walked into the room which has the PC's and one
of children recognised me as the IT repair man. The boy came over to me, and pointing at
one of the PC's he said, "It's broken. It doesn't work."
I looked across at the PC and saw that it was displaying a Windows 10 screen that
appeared to be functioning OK, and noticed that there was nobody sitting using this
computer. The other four PC's were running Ubuntu-Mate and children were busy using
I said to the boy, "Yes it does look like its broken. I'll fix it."
I proceeded to shutdown Windows 10, and found the Ubuntu-Mate drive had failed to the
extent that it wasn't being recognised by the BIOS. I replaced the failed drive,
installed Ubuntu-Mate from a USB stick, and told the boy it was fixed and he could use it
I thought it was an encouraging sign that what these children perceive as a normal PC is
one that is running Ubuntu-Mate and what they perceive as a broken PC is one that is
running Windows 10.
Awesome! Thanks for sharing, Ian.
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
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