So it seems the way I decided to promote is the same way many people have done it, just let interested people come to you, it's so much easier than trying to promote it to people who will never bite. According to many posters here, it also helps just do something related to linux in a public place, such as simply using your computer with a linux distro booted. I'm gonna see if I can get a nice sticker with a url for the backside of my laptop's screen, that should help quite a bit for passive promoting.
The only person I've ever had use Linux daily before was my mom and that's only because her computer was slammed against something and her harddrive stopped working, so I installed Linux Mint onto a thumbdrive and had her use that. Then my dad got a new laptop for himself and gave my mom his old one, so she's using Windows again. I wonder if she would switch back... maybe I'll set it up on a 10GiB partiton as a dual boot option later
(I wouldn't install Windows without having at least a 40GiB partition because it bloats so easily)
sahilshinesalways wrote:my bro is a hardcore gamer loves fancy effect->3d aero,transparency etc.when i showed him the compiz effect in linux he was stunned!!!he cudnt utter a word..no virus problem,no computer slowdown,no defrg,regisrty maintanance needed ,he was amused.he bowld me when he asked me "how to install n play assasin's creed?' he was not satisfied with world of goo,osmos or glest.so i sheeled some buck n installed cedega.though games ran slow,but i played igi,age of empires and nfs hp.he aws not dat satiesfied but said ok,i wana install.now he uses linux for all practical purpose n windows for games.most importantly,he is immencely enjoying linux
Interesting, do you think virtualization would have worked? That way he wouldn't ever have to reboot to play games and have many of the Linux advantages while playing games, such as low resource usage and workspaces. I found Garry's Mod to run faster through Wine than through Windows, maybe a new version would run those games faster? Also for testing games why didn't you use Wine instead of Cedega, at least at first? Cedega is based on Wine with some game tweaks, but costs money while Wine is free.
I'll have to remember dual booting if I ever promote to gamers though, especially since I do it myself on my desktop computer. The nice thing about using Windows only for gaming is that it wont accumulate as much cruft and it's easier to defrag since it's partition doesn't get written to much, especially if the games are installed to another partition. For games that refuse to be installed to a non-default location, such as Halo 2, just use a symlink (available with Vista and newer).
vrkalak wrote:He then asked, "Which Windows Operating System do you have? Windows 95, 2000 or XP?"
I told him that, "I don't have any Windows Operating System on the computer, at the moment," I saw a faint smile cross his lips.
Maybe he thought he could sell an Windows install disc to you, it is a store after all.
Edit: After reading some threads I decided to type up a document listing off reasons Linux (Mint) is better than Windows. If anyone want to read or edit it, here's the link: Linux Booklet?