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How to Convince Your Friends to Use Linux, Without Being a Jerk

Oct 31, 2011, 17:01 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jun Auza)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"Stop telling them Windows is bad, they already know it: For a Linux user trying to convince a Windows user into the light side, there's always the Windows-bashing that comes in handy. At least that's what many Linux users think. Windows-bashing is great, everyone curses that dreaded operating system, but there's no point telling a Windows user about it. I'm pretty sure he or she already knows about it. There must at least be a thousand Windows users cursing Microsoft even as you're reading this article. But no way are they going to switch to something different.

"In short, don't tell them that Windows is bad, don't even talk about Windows. Just keep telling them: 'Hey, I have this amazing desktop on my computer, you gotta try it out'. Hand over the laptop to them and let them do the Windows-bashing. When I converted my friend into a Linux user, all I did was showed him my laptop. I never mentioned a word about Windows or Mac. The moment he saw it, he started ranting about Windows like a pissed-off sports fan."

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