I have two aged relatives, one over 80 and one over 90. One lives over 100 miles away and one quite near.
They do not know how to use a computer and they don't want to learn.
I would like to put a notebook into each of their homes so that we can video-Skype each other and I can make sure they are OK.
I have decided on Windows 10 as the OS (because I am not that familiar with linux and because Windows has a wide range of good and free software available and a good range of hardware drivers). The final system will be imaged onto different models/makes of notebooks. Also, I already have several old Windows 7/8 notebooks around which can be pressed into service.
The next step was to get TeamViewer working so that I can connect to the notebooks at any time (by logging in remotely) and also to install grub4dos and clonezilla. This was done and I can now remotely connect using TeamViewer at any time as long as the other system is on, and can also cause it to restore itself at any time.
If a remote connection is not possible, the user just needs to press F4 at the grub4dos boot menu to restore the image. If it is not booting at all, I will provide a USB stick for them to use which will automatically run clonezilla and restore the backup (completely unattended - they just have to plug in the USB drive and switch it on).
So, I have a basic (recoverable) framework OS.
I hope to get them hooked on video-Skype conferencing first, then YouTube, maybe then internet shopping and I can set up gmail and internet banking for them and 'drive' those remotely to help them manage online accounts.
So what's next?
Windows 10 Updates are a bit of a worry. I can always restore a backup image if an update goes wrong, but it will then start to update itself again.
A better AntiVirus is probably required (which one(s)?) as well as AdBlock, etc.
Any other recommendations, Chrome extensions, safety measures, etc.?
I hope to write up some sort of Tutorial about how to set this up, as I am sure many people must be in the same situation that I am in with aged relatives who don't understand why they have to do everything online these days!
P.S. I set up the F4 image-restore partition using a slight modification to this CloneZilla Tutorial.