Well, I'm a g'pa and I have to say I am slightly offended by that generalization, but I get your drift. There are a lot of technically challenged people.
I just don't see how it is that difficult to right-click the ancile.cmd and choose "Run as administrator" - you don't have to edit the script. It is also not that difficult to schedule a task to automatically run Ancile once a month after the "security update".
As for Linux, I have yet to use a Linux distro that didn't require me to open a terminal or run a BASH script to get something or other working, tweaked or fixed at some point. Then again, I haven't used every distro out there.
If your looking for an OS for the technically challenged, get them a Chromebook.
Another alternative OS (though not quite ready for prime time) is Android x86 for PC. There is already:
The Android x86 project: http://www.android-x86.org/
a couple of branches:
Phoenix OS: http://www.phoenixos.com/
Remix OS: http://www.jide.com/remixos
and Intel is working on it's own variant.
Granted, they are in their infancy but in 3-4 years Android x86 could really challenge for market share considering the sheer amount of users familiar with the OS via their phones. It's just a matter of getting Android software designers to optimize more apps for tablet/PC use.
Remix OS has been able to be install in a virtual machine for some time and the latest Phoenix OS 2.0 Alpha ISO can now be installed in a virtual machine as well, if you want to try them out.
Well you have to be careful about what you get offended by - I'm a g'pa with 6 grandkids - and I am TOTALLY offended by my generation not keeping up to the point that the kids know more than we do. Its so bad that at work they think me an outcast because I know not only more than the kids (as it should be) but more than them - half of my gen still use stupid flip phones, and those that DO use "smartphones" treat them like "dumbphones" I mean they are still texting with their "thumbs" and have a calculator on their desk? ???
here gramps can you do this!?(Yes thats me)
(No one has accused me of looking my age - let alone acting like it) People always ask how I keep my hair to grow fast, and hold my age - I tell them: Gaming. I love DDR, and decided to make my own. And I am better than most kids and teens that play it - they think its cool when I take my kids - I don't watch - I bet them lunch I can smoke em - noo I dont make them pay up LOL, But I love to see my boys light up when they get told they have a cool dad - So ya - my gen sucks!
I personally think kids today no longer respect adults simply because adults fail to keep up with them. Seriously, what can you teach them that they dont' already know. They'll just scoff and walk away. At work, kids come to me for advice on many things - because I REALLY DO KNOW what the heck is going on. And have MANY tricks up my sleeve. Many of my peers (and older) I have spoken to are not interested - one lady at works stated ".. I am not living in the past, I'm just not moving forward" DER!! She also complains about the modern math - modern math is simple.
As far as "right-click": I do in home pc tune ups for the last 7yrs - many if not all of my "older" folks don't even know what a start button is. God forbid I get them on a cmd prompt or powershell. What is "ancile.cmd"? scheduling a task? None, and I mean None of my older clients not even know what scheduling app is let alone how to get to it - over 90% of my staff at my work (2nd job) bring their pc's//laptops to me. They have ZERO idea what I am doing when I use the tools on their pc. If it is one thing I learned in the pc world, is that we "experts" forget that what we take for granted - is hacking terms with todays clients. And since people do not know what your doing, that breeds fear. Example for Pitkon, skinning is almost second nature, and all the tools he can use blindly, but many of us fumble over it or nervous about using any of the terms for fear we'll mess up our design.
I am not afraid of leaning and embracing new things and new ideas, but being a manager over the years, I have learned how to translate those ideas to a language the "not-so-informed" can understand and learn too.
At the risk of repeating my self :-) (comes with age) people live in the past on many facets of technology, and Linux is no exception - modern linux os no longer needs the "bash" to do anything if you get the correct distro that suits your needs - I happen to like playing in the terminal, but then I am an advance user. Thats why I mentioned MINT. As it works like windows. Actually, if you go to distrowatch.com many of the top distros are all self contained and have no need for the terminal window (it's actually buried in menus much like windows cmd prompt is - its just not needed anymore), peppermint, ubuntu (has a side bar instead of a bottom bar) Solyd (my fave)
As far as OS's
Take a look at REACTOS
It its a windows emulator - they were actually able to in court over ride microsoft and able to keep working on it (been around since the 90's - looks like Win2k/win98 but runs modern windows everything)
There are actually a lot of good OS's out there, but I dont think they will take root as there is nothing common. some are really nice
If this post sounds offensive - it's just a coincident. Like I tell my wife when it comes to text messages - there is no voice inflection - if it sounds rude - it is because it is the way you would say it.