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Linuxtopia.com: On Moms and Linux: Part 2

Nov 04, 1999, 15:16 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave)

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"A few days ago, I posted an article on how my mother uses Linux. This article sparked a massive amount of feedback and questions, mostly from people who wanted to know how they can convince a casual computer user that Linux can serve them better than Windows can. Convincing the casual user to run Linux can be much more difficult than convincing a computer junkie, especially if they've grown up on Microsoft products."

"If you are trying to convince a software developer, you can show them a collection of GNU utilities, or one of the new IDE's. Networking tinkerers can be swayed with Samba and Apache. You can amaze hard-core gamers by playing Q3 Test, Civilization, and many other games. But how how do you convince someone who just wants to do "normal" computer tasks. Showing them that the tasks can be done in Linux is not enough. If the same tasks can be done in Windows, why should they switch? You should focus your attempt on the areas where Linux excels as a desktop platform: Speed, Stability, Price, and Ease of use. Yes, the last item did say "Ease of use". Once installed, Linux GUI's, and KDE in particular, are remarkably intuitive, and simple to adapt to."

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