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matthurne 05-09-2002 01:47 PM

Linux Speech
Hey everyone, I'm a senior in high school and I need to do a 6 to 8 minute informative speech in my Public Speaking class. I decided I would do the speech on Linux. Problem is, I'm not sure what to talk about other than the obvious advantages it has over Windows. I would really like to give some statistics, but all I could find so far was The Linux Counter which honestly isn't very convincing. "My guess" doesn't do well for me. Hehe. I was just wondering if any of you had some good ideas for the speech or knew a good place to get some interesting statistics about Linux. Please reply ASAP . . . thanks!


ngomong 05-09-2002 02:28 PM

You could spin it into a "One man can change the world" speech.

Talk a bit about how Linus Torvalds came up with a good idea, allowed others to help out, and voila, the movement is born.

Mara 05-09-2002 02:31 PM

I'd start from short intoroduction to gpl (just the idea -
Statistics... Maybe web servers statistics from (and show which popular domains are running Linux).
Talk about how much software is there on one distro's installation cds, etc.

trickykid 05-09-2002 02:47 PM

Maybe not just about the advantages that Linux has over Windows but about all Open Source software and its advantages over proprietary software.

matthurne 05-09-2002 10:15 PM

Great ideas. :-)
Thanks guys! :-D

hanzerik 05-10-2002 07:50 AM

But remeber the some rules of public speaking: Think of your audience when you are writing your speech. If they are not computer literate, then donít use words only a Linux user would use, or you will loose your audience real quick. And remember you are doing an informative, not persuasive, so donít get into bashing windows.

I would start with a short with a good attention getter, something along the lines of stability of computers running Linux, everyone can relate to comp crashes. Then go into a brief history, then, benefits, and maybe the different distros. And conclude it with another statement of stability.

I was going to do a speech on linux but the other students did'nt know crap about computers. I did one on upgrading video, mem, and harddrives. And I felt like I did a bad job when I was looking at the audience, cause all I saw was blank stares. But all is good, I got an A+ for the whole class. Was my last course for my assoc iate degree.

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