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Old 02-05-2004, 12:38 PM   #1
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Best way to explain Linux


I am trying to convice my family to give Linux a try, since all they mostly use thier computers for are web browsing, email, IMing, and basic things like that. Like most non-computerish people, they really don't want change (they are currently using windows xp). I am trying to think of ways I could tell them about Linux that would make it seem more attractive. Right now, all I have is that it is free, more customizable, and crashes less. Also, you don't have to depend on M$. They don't see what is so bad about depending on M$, so if someone could give me some reasons why it is better to use Linux, as well as why it is worth thier time to switch, tell me now.
 
Old 02-05-2004, 12:47 PM   #2
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You could try showing them some screenshots of some of the more user-friendly desktops out there... that might convince them that pointing-and-clicking under one OS can be as easy as pointing-and-clicking under another.
 
Old 02-05-2004, 12:50 PM   #3
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plus, you could also explain to them that they would be at far less risk of their computer being torched by some virus

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Old 02-05-2004, 02:37 PM   #4
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You could also download knoppix, which boots off a cd without touching the hard drive. That way, they could see linux at work on their own computer.
 
Old 02-05-2004, 02:45 PM   #5
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Forezt,
Make it AS EASY AS POSSIBLE to use. Might I suggest giving them a little run through demo using a liveCD such as Knoppix. Also, I would try and create their desktop in a fashion where it is easy to use. Create links similar to a windows desktop. For example:

My Computer icon = /home/user
My Documents = /home/user/documents
Email icon = konqueror mail.yahoo.com
Music = XMMS
Video = Xine
Instant Messenger = gaim
....you get the picture.

Also, maybe write some simple scripts to keep them away from the "dreaded" command line. For example, you could write a script that mounts and opens a window for the cdrom and mask it w/ a shortcut in their /home/user directory w/ a "drive" style button similar to windows. And since most M$ peeps dont understand the mount/umount idea, you could write another simple script called "Eject CD" which will unmount the drive and eject the tray.

Digital camera? Write a small script that can move the jpgs from the camera to a folder (ie /home/user/pictures/). For a sample, mine is posted on LQ at http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...digital+script

Let us know how you make out! I've dedicated my linux venture into making the move to linux an easy transition from windows, and plan to create a website with many more helpful hints.

Hope this helps!

Troy
 
Old 02-05-2004, 03:22 PM   #6
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I like EuroJovi's thinking. I was messing about with shell scripting, and it seems like some icons pointing to some scripts would be even easier than trying to do same tasks on a Windows system (for a person who doesn't understand computers! )

http://linux-newbie.sunsite.dk/lnag_...#shell_scripts
 
Old 02-05-2004, 05:18 PM   #7
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They will choose what they want. if you swear to never fix an OS-related problem for them EVER, then perhaps they will understand AFTER their system is hosed by the latest drive-by browser hijack or virus. If their system is so slow they can't stand it because of all the cruft and fragmentation collected, they may decide that without paid support they are high and dry, they will then listen to you. I'd tell them that they get everything for free without the risk of incarceration by using Linux. If they wanna throw their money away, let them. If they wanna tear their hair out wondering why some dialer made their phone bill $5000, let them. If they wanna carry on maintaining their system every week for 1/2hour or more just to keep the thing booting, let them. Eventually, they will see that you're USING your computer and they will ask for your advice. Until then, YOU enjoy your freedom and let them know theirs is waiting for them
 
Old 02-05-2004, 09:12 PM   #8
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Re: Best way to explain Linux

Quote:
Originally posted by Forezt
I am trying to convice my family to give Linux a try, since all they mostly use thier computers for are web browsing, email, IMing, and basic things like that. Like most non-computerish people, they really don't want change (they are currently using windows xp). I am trying to think of ways I could tell them about Linux that would make it seem more attractive. Right now, all I have is that it is free, more customizable, and crashes less. Also, you don't have to depend on M$. They don't see what is so bad about depending on M$, so if someone could give me some reasons why it is better to use Linux, as well as why it is worth thier time to switch, tell me now.
Sit down and make a list of all the M$ related problems that they ask you about often. Make a second list of which of those problems do not occur on Linux. Show them the lists and explain what they mean...
 
  


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