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View Poll Results: How many people did you help switch to Linux ?
Amount (100% conversions only... no dual-boot wussies): Three people.
Who: My mother, step-mother, and sister.
Operating system: All using FreeBSD (okay, it's not Linux but they wouldn't be able to tell you that).
Computer-Savvy: NO! Not at all... example, my mother needed help understanding the concept of drag and drop. My step mother had no clue her computer could play videos or music. My sister is best of all... and she barely passed a computer test in high school where she had to use Word (this was before the conversion... OpenOffice actually helped her grades improve there).
All of these have been using it 100% of the time, on their computers which I am not physically near to help with very often, for well over a month. With the exception of the drag and drop issue... I have had one problem. I drove 45 minutes to find out my Step-mother's digital camera was not working because she had not turned it on.
Each and every one of them has reported an increase in things they can do with their computers and an increase in the ease of use. My step-mother even wants me to show her how to edit sound and video on her computer so she can make little movies of her grandson for family members. This is the same woman who, less than two months ago, didn't know her computer could even play multimedia.
two, both donīt know anything about linux and not much about windows. i admin them via ssh until they get a grip (which is happening). i also sometimes give them crash courses when i visit them. i chose debian in order to match their wishes (i have told them to use their imagination in what they want, that way i can learn, too since i am quite lazy to configure my home box)
So far, one guy. Currently he's dualbooting RHEL/XP. He knows a little about computers (not too much though, he once asked me if he could send the MS Office kit to someone else through...e-mail, not joking), but I often get questions from him when he's in troubles.
And I almost talked in another one, the next step is to go over his place with a Knoppix CD to actually introduce him to Linux.
So, I'll vote 1.
Most people I know are almost computer illiterate. They seem to be happy if their windows machine starts up and they are able to email and msn chat.
The last person I tried to have a conversation with about computers did not understand the concept of "operating system" let alone linux.
I gave a workmate a live cd to use but he has never used it.
I gave my niece a computer and set up a dual boot linux/windows situation. Good thing I installed windows. They only have dialup and linux does not support the dialup modem. Have you tried to find a compatible modem lately? So, linux loses again ...
So, no, I rarely discuss linux and I make no efforts to promote it among my circle of relatives and acquaintances. I did at one time but found it a lost cause.
In real life I've converted every computer in my house to Linux. That's around 8 computers. But, only 2 people, my brother and mom. My dad does not use computers much, but he can use a laptop with Linux on it to do basic things.
On this forum ... perhaps I've helped more, who knows...