On Tuesday, my mother called to say that the machine would not boot and I suspected some hardware problem which has been a recurring issue for some months now. I was right but without physical access to the box I could not check the wiring so the best I could do was ask her to wipe the disk and reinstall Ubuntu... and .... she did it all alone and I am so proud of her :-)

Ma has always been comfortable with technology and is a lot more spunky in experimenting than me, so Linux has never been an issue or a mental block for her. 

[evil grin] Now if only I could get my Grandma hooked to Ubuntu [/evil grin]!!