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Thread: Linux: a love story
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There are ways to "enlighten" someone about a different point of view while still being respectful to them and their intellect. Simply because someone uses an operating system they've likely used since birth does not make that person unintelligent or "unenlightened." It makes them human. Humans are creatures of habit.
Instead of trying to make Linux sound like the path to Nirvana, try encouraging them to try open-source programs in Windows. There's quite a few. When the opportunity arises, introduce advantages that Linux might offer to them for things they like to do on their computer. If you can't think of any perhaps they would be better served using Windows after all.Registered Linux user #270181
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Extremely well said, TechieMoe!!PCLinuxOS Gnome and PCLinuxOS Mate
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Well said and well taken techieMoe
I also try to be very prudent when I talk about Linux to friends. Since this post was made in the Coffee Lounge, I just felt it was just a way of expressing my burden for my friends to realize the advantages linux has to offer. Windows has its advantages also, I believe. Thus the quotation marks"see the light"
Last edited by nujinini; 12-22-2009 at 06:55 AM.nujinini
Linux User #489667
I was using Fedora as my primary distro for years - never changed it. Last year when I tried to migrate to Debian - I found it bit uneasy to replace yum/rpm style with apt-get/dpkg and others.
Though still i have Debian , I use Fedora as Primary distro .So when Linux user hesitate to change his distros - it's obvious why It's very difficult to shift OS.
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my linux love story is here http://giis.co.in/LFY.png It gave me hope/life.
Them: Man, MS Office is so expensive, but I have to buy it for work/school. I wish there was an alternative
Me: There is, and it's free.
Them: really? You're not talking about that silly word pad program are you?
Me: No, there's a whole Office suite with wrod processing, spreadsheet, presentation basicaly everything you need.
Them: But my work/school uses MS Office, Wont I have roblems opening my files at home?
Me: No, compatibility is a very rare issue these days.
Them: So how can it be free? Someone has to make money from it.
Me: It's called Open Source Software. Anyone can help add to it and improve it, many people do so just for the sport of it. Some do it for school, and there are some people that are actualy paid for the work they do.
Them: Wow what's this software called?
Me: It's called OpenOffice, Just google it and you can download it any time you wish.
Them: Wow this is really nice, Are you sure this is legal?
Me: very much so. But people that sell their own software certainly arent going to go out of their way to tell you about it now are they?
Them: OH! I see, So what else can I get that's free?
Me: well I'm glad you asked... You see, there's this fantastic Opperating system, that can be very much like windows....