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A few girls from the dance studio I go to converted to Linux after their Windows machines got really slow and they noticed how fast and elegantly an old dinosaur at the studio is. When they ask how, I give them a LiveCD, tell them how to use it, and invite them to try it out. One of the girls even wrote a nice article about her experience, and offers some very good advice on "getting girls to use Linux." Amy's article is here. I now know several girls who use Linux!
Note that the link is broken.
Interesting article, but I refuse to believe that all girls think alike. I mean, I certainly don't think like other people at all. I refuse to generalize, especially about something as important as the way people think. Sure, it might be true for the 90%, but that's not enough to warrant generalization.
I was thinking of making a poll, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea. Maybe not.
It's fairly self-defeating really. Firstly, you're only counting people who are active, venture into General and post to polls. So you've massively cut out people from the beginning. As well, all of the women who self-identify are already visible, so even if they respond to the poll, the number is pretty meaningless.
My wife likes linux more than Windows now that she's been with me. It have been times I would let her use Windows for her job reasons, and in the end, she always say, get back into the other 'Windows', meaning Linux. Now she know the difference between the two and like Linux the best, this also including my Tiger OS on the G4 iMac. She really don't like using the iMac.