My mother is in her 70s and has started to go deaf, so my sisters and I can't really call her on the phone any more.
She has never had a computer, and when I got her to try out playing with my iMac she hunt-and-pecked for keys and struggled with the mouse. She was a bit overwhelmed by the whole thing.
My sisters have decided that they're going to get my mother a computer so they can communicate with her via email, and since I'm the family IT guy it's my job to set it up.
What's a good email client for her?
I'm actually thinking about setting up the computer as a linux box with no X-Windows -- boot up and it auto-logins to her account and starts up a console email client like pine. When she quits pine the system would automatically shut-down. That eliminates any issues with the mouse, and a console-only linux system would be pretty stable and hard to mess up -- no viruses or anything.
Any other ideas? Any better console email clients than pine for this situation?