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View Poll Results: How many people did you help switch to Linux ?
0, and I don't plan to 11 25.58%
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:17 AM   #16
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"Zero and don't plan to"(Although one person in my family works on machine where I installed Linux, this doesn't count), because people should decide themselves what they want to use on their PC.
Old 10-20-2008, 06:38 AM   #17
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My parent's desktop (built around 1990) finally died due to 15 years of exposure to Windows, so I put Ubuntu 4 on it. They never noticed the difference.

I also dual-booted Xubuntu for my brother's laptop, and he absolutely loves it. He's a customization-freak. He'll spend hours just changing the window managers for the heck of it.
Old 10-20-2008, 07:01 AM   #18
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I don't like anybody trying to convert me to anything, so I don't try to convert them. All the people I know who have computers use them just for browsing and email and aren't bothered in going deeper or seeking alternatives. They have other interests and priorities.
Old 10-20-2008, 12:55 PM   #19
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Well, actually I never really converted anyone, 'per se'. There were a few factors that brought about the conversion:
1) I'm pretty much the only one in my family who can do anything complicated with a computer.
2) Once I switched to Linux I refused to maintain Window$ anymore, which is nigh impossible and futile.
3) They were intrigued by an OS that did not crash constantly and cannot be overwhelmed by viruses and malware. (I had a REALLY hard time even keeping the 'infection' at bay with Window$, but in the end the prognosis is always terminal , a terminal illness that's what it is, you can only delay the inevitable)

Only problem is Window$ games, but my brother switched nonetheless because he can't play them on Window$ either, it's way too unstable and filled with malware. The only theoretical way (which I proposed) is to use that freezing program that freezes the infection in its current state, once in a while you have to unfreeze to install something new (a dangerous time), but in reality it really suck to have to do this. Many games run through wine, only a few do not (but can be fixed to run on it).

I can't help but remember the fear I felt while using Window$, I felt it recently too having to use it at school, the fear that I'm walking a tightrope or that I'm handling explosives, you have to be very careful with it or it will f' up.

[/end Window$ rant]

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