Re: A modest proposal...
I put Slackware on everything, including my techno-phobe Mom & techno-can't GreatAunt's computers (80 years old & 106 years young, respectively). Both happily surf the Web, do email, use a word processor, print documents, scan old photos, retrieve pictures from their cameras, etc.
The only real issue with any given Linux distribution is whether or not the installer understands the needs and issues of the intended end-user, followed by whether or not the installer understands the hardware the distribution is intended to be installed upon.
Said installer might be software, but in most cases it should include a wetware vector ... This includes any OS distribution, not just GNU/Linux.
Mom & GreatAunt's "help, please" phone calls have dropped from several times per month each to one total in the last couple of years ... and that was to install a new printer for Mom. To be fair, I'd have been called in for that regardless of OS; she's afraid to plug anything new into the computer by herself. Now, when I visit it's for tea, not tech help. Which is a much nicer state of affairs, don't you think?
Now if I could only get them to call it Linux instead of "that version of Windows that jake gave me". ::sighs:: One hill at a time.