iironjade wrote:In the process of buying a secondhand laptop, the shop owner asked me what I was going to do with it. I told him about Linux Mint and when he saw it, he asked me for an installation disc. Everyone who's seen it is intrigued.
Because Linux has no presence on the High Street, no one ever gets to see it in action except when they see it on someone else's computer. Asking about it in a computer store just gets a blank stare or a vague, muttered warning about it being complicated and difficult to use. Like religion, you have to find your own way to it.
BAD wrote:Reply to Mangus' post
You do not want to install and walk away.
There are differences in software IE7 - Firefox, Word - Open Office and other software. These need to be pointed out.
For example if someone has Open Office and they do what they are used to in Widows Type, Save and Send a document to a friend who has Word the document will be saved as a .odt instead of a .doc. That I know of Word wont open a .odt file.
If am wrong let me know.
BAD wrote:The persons first experience will be "Linux" does not work. Also they will not know how to fix it. Most Windows users don't have knowledge about file extensions and compatibility issues.
They will think Linux is too difficult and it does not work. So back to Windows they go.
BAD wrote:As you pointed out besides clicking "Next" a few times Windows is preinstalled and just works so Windows users do not learn how to do anything but click, double click and right click.
Remember Windows is mindless for example Windows will connect to your neighbors wireless network at first start up before it connects to your own. It just works. True after you set up the security it wont have that problem.
BAD wrote:Think about all the issues: does their printer work what is cheaper a an OEM Windows OS or a fancy new combo printer. Does all their hardware work who wants to buy a new video card or sound card, how about laptops Lo Jack for laptops does not work with Linux.
Remember is Linux Free nothing more required or Free as in software but you need to buy a few things to get it to work.
iironjade wrote:Most people aren't exposed to Linux as they are with Windows or Macintosh: there are no ad campaigns, no heavily publicised launches or tv coverage. Until that happens (probably never), Linux' impact on the mass market home user will be negligible. This is sad because most people probably couldn't care less what OS they have as long as it works and meets their needs.
BAD wrote:Kids are such punks
I was showing some 9 - 10 year old kids Linux and the software installed.
After a few minutes of watching me they would think they knew everything. If I forgot to click something they would get frustrated with me push me out of the way and say No this is so easy you just do this and this see.
Excuse me I didn't realize you were such the expert.
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