Once or twice a week, I go to one of the local (big-name) Coffee Houses for a cup of coffee and a pastry, and to give my Netbook some on-line time, as they have FREE WiFi.
My AAO Netbooks cover, has a big Tux-penguin, LinuxMint and Debian logos on it. I never say anything to anyone about which OS I use, but I do check everyone else's laptop monitor to see what OS they use. I have never run into anyone else that uses any Linux or BSD OS; but I always look.
Well, just last week ... I had the guy sitting next to me (a college student) say, "I've been wanting to try Linux. Is it hard to get used to?" We talked for a bit about Linux (I have LMDE-Xfce on my netbook) ... I showed him how my Xfce-desktop works.
Just so happens
that I had a spare CD of LinuxMint-9 Xfce in my backpack. I gave it to him, and quickly explained how to open Mint's "Live" feature, told him to try it without installing. Doesn't hurt.
Did we get another new Linux/Mint convert ... I don't know.
But, "word-of-mouth" is how a lot of Linux gets around.
I don't think that we need to win converts
to Linux . . . just -- Sharing what you know.