I let a neighbor borrow the Pavilion for a little bit, to check e-mails and watch a DVD or two. I won’t miss it: Between the remaining three computers — scratch that: five, including the new Thinkpad and the semi-functional VAIO I still haven’t tended to — I can easily keep myself occupied for a while. The last thing I need is another computer to distract me.
And since it was running a full-blown Hardy installation, it was easy as pie to create a new user account, step down on some of the privileges and let them take it for a day or two. Ubuntu was perfect for that situation. I made sure there was an account just for her, deactivated the automatic user login to GDM, set a password she would remember, and even left the screen effects on, just for amusement. What the heck — it’s the first time she’s seen Linux, so it might as well be an addicting experience.
Anyway, if you’re letting someone borrow a full-blown Linux machine, I recommend a working, fully complete Ubuntu system. It’s the nice thing to do.
(As an added bonus, the Pavilion seems to catch my wireless network — unlike my other neighbor, whose apartment is on the other side of the hall. The walls must be thicker in that direction. I have no other explanation for it. )