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Sharkscott 03-16-2006 03:30 PM

DISCUSSION: How To Give Linux Away
This thread is to discuss the article titled:
How To Give Linux Away


Originally posted on How To Give Linux Away by Scott Ruecker As a community we would like to see a large computer manufacturers sell PCs with Linux already on them. Is this the only option? I work as a sales rep. for one of the large PC manufacturers. I work at many different technology retail stores. Three years ago, I heard about Open Source and Linux. My first exposure came in the form of the Firefox browser. When I speak with customers I will talk about my experiences using Linux. I ask them if their computer is running slow, and the answer is always

rickh 03-16-2006 03:52 PM

Not bad, but there's something wrong with the link. I had to go looking for the article.

XavierP 03-16-2006 05:39 PM

Since the first post in any discussion thread is autogenerated, it would be better to report the post.

URL Fixed.

Sharkscott 03-22-2006 12:48 AM

Ideas for conversations
Here is a link to a thread I started on about ideas for introducing and talking about Linux with others.

Tell me what you think.

portamenteff 11-11-2008 12:59 AM

giving Linux away
I read the article. It's very informative. I've in the last couple of years become involved in proliferating the Gnu-based software. I usually start by giving them links to OpenOffice, Firefox, VLC media player, and others so that when I drop the Linux bomb on their harddrive, they won't be lost by this totally different environment.
I tried to start a grass roots program based on a local program called "Computers for kids." I called mine "Linux for Kids." I gave about 30 older used machines away. Linux runs great on cheap hardware. It was a marginal success.
I did have complaints from parents though that they couldn't run "Internet Nanny" type programs to control what webpages children use. I replied with "If you teach your children good morals, you don't need them." Linux is about freedom, not restriction.
Besides, which is worse, a kid stumbling across an adult website, or a virus giving away a kid's password?

masinick 11-24-2008 03:06 PM


Originally Posted by Sharkscott (Post 2162341)
Here is a link to a thread I started on about ideas for introducing and talking about Linux with others.

Tell me what you think.

I woke up the discussion and weighed in with my thoughts and my personal preferences. I have used lots of different Linux distros over the past thirteen years. Each of them certainly has something to offer.

For my personal tastes, I want to be easily able to install and remove software. I want a choice between stable software (I always try to keep at least one conservative system around - I pick SimplyMEPIS as easy and conservative), light and fast (I pick MEPIS derivative antiX for that) and cutting edge, (I use Debian Sid, but I've really grown to love sidux, a true Debian Sid derivative that emphasizes software freedom and cutting edge technology on a free only base platform). sidux will allow you to add on proprietary software and drivers to get stuff like wireless networks going and to view multimedia content. Their documentation explains how to do it, but they make it clear that they include only free software with free license terms, and I find that to be a reasonable posture. I can get what I want with sidux very quickly, even if I do want to add in non-free components.

I use sidux, SimplyMEPIS, and antiX on a variety of desktop and laptop systems, a few of them dating back near the beginning of this decade, a few others new within the past year. All three systems work well with all generations of hardware that I currently own.

Sumguy 08-07-2010 02:02 PM

I'm going to become an Ubuntu's Witness. I'll don a suit and go door-to-door saying "Hello, may I talk to you today about Linux, and give you a free operating system?"

I'll probably be met with a lot of: "Winders was good enough for my daddy and his daddy; it's good enough fer me! Now git outta here, weirdo!" (My probable response: "But Mom.....")

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