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Well I'm new here to LinuxQuestions.org and I just thought I'd share my success story. This summer I spent a large amount of time learning to use linux and at the start of September had enough knowledge to teach the rest of my family to use it.
My sister went off to University using a 100% redhat box and was the only girl in her dorm running it. She frequently tells me how happy she is thats she's on linux as her friends are all complaining of campus wide virus issues. She uses openoffice for all her essay writing, and runs amsn for chatting to her friends. She can navigate the file structure flawlessly, and she loves the concept of home folders that retain all of her personalized settings. Limewire too was a big hit!
My mom was the next to get a switch. As she is a hardened office user she was happy to switch and do away with the masses of viruses that came into her inbox daily. No problem anymore! I've set up vmware for her and she runs windows happily on top of linux if she needs a windows specific application. She really like ximian evolution and the way it organizes her contacts, and combined with a nice Tux n' Tosh theme she thinks its the best thing since sliced bread. I regularily get happy emails in my inbox with links to news articles debating a new virus strain out for windows along with the comments.... I am sooo happy this won't affect me anymore!
As for my friends.... I've managed to get all of my IT friends onto Linux based OS's at least dual booting, and am working on the ones who are less tech savvy....
All this due to great forum help from JustLinux.com and other linux related forums!! Thankyou linux users!