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- 03-27-2012 #11
Marketing ? ! -- kinda like taking on a pimp
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- 03-27-2012 #13
no really) are you surprised?
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- 03-27-2012 #15
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- Feb 2005
Those articles are designed to be contentious and tend to gloss over the facts and details in a way that will draw in lots of inane comments. The idea is of course that these sites get more hits - and thus ad revenue - it's all about making money from the suckers who read this inane sensationalist drivel.
- 03-27-2012 #16
For me the 'year of the Linux desktop' came when my Mum started using Fedora on her eeepc. Her Windwos install was dying on its ar*e so I cut her disk into two partitions and installed Fedora on the free space. Fedora still works for her. Windwos still has trouble. She only plays the Gnome games, but hey - a hollow victory is still a victory.Linux user #126863 - see http://linuxcounter.net/
- 03-27-2012 #17
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- Feb 2005
I've installed GNU/Linux for friends and relatives in the past alongside their windows and it's surprising how fast they learn... to use the down arrow on the grub menu and enter key to boot windows...
I usually end up removing it again or changing the default in the grub menu to point to the windows entry...
For those few that do stick it out, you will quickly find yourself as the administrator, running back and forth every few weeks, installing stuff, fixing stuff and running their updates for them...
In my experience it's a complete waste of time and effort - if people want to use GNU/Linux they'll seek it out and discover it for themselves. Marketing, pressure and "beginners'" distros like 'buntu and mint don't help.
- 03-27-2012 #18
Years back I complained endlessly about my constant " hard drive reformats " and the money I had spent trying to safely use windows on the Internet!! I had two choices either buy a mac computer or use Linux!! I still hear earfuls of windows complaints but I do not go into a spiel about windows futility anymore I simply give people the URL to Ubuntu and tell them to request a disc if and when they ever give up on windows!! Human Beings, having paid for windows, are married to it. Good Luck to them!! The saying " misery loves company " is very true!! " Window's Hell " is full of people that like it there!!AntiX 12 and PCLinuxOS gnome
Linux user # 414321
You Should Not Give In To Evils, But Proceed Ever More Boldly Against Them!! -from book six of Virgil's Aeneid
Everything Within The Universe Is Related; We Are All Cousins!!
- 03-27-2012 #19
This the Year of MY Linux Desktop, but I don't really expect to "recruit" new users the way my friend and "Linux mentor" did. But he did show me what it's capable of and when I see how very fast it makes this old computer, my enthusiasm for it might "catch on."
The downside to that is that I'll have to be the "Linux mentor" for anyone I "recruited" to Linux! I'm still too much a newbie for that!
- 03-28-2012 #20
I think we can all agree one one thing... at least to a degree.
The Year of the Linux Desktop won't be a media event... It's more of a personal victory. The year of the Linux Desktop, for me, was 2006.
That's when I literally booted Windows!