"This is an open letter to Linux User Groups across the country
and around the world. These words are meant not really as a
solution to a problem but rather a starting point for further
discussion. What I offer here is one possible method of spreading
the word about Linux in a very powerful way while earning money for
the user groups. What will it cost? Nothing but a bit of the time
the guru's would wind up spending with Linux anyway."
"Consider the software developer population as it stands now.
Using the typical Us vs Them yardstick, there are Linux people and
there are Windows people (apologies to users of other OS's; this is
not a slam but a generalization). There are system administrators
who know that Linux is a better choice and PHB's (Pointy Haired
Bosses) who don't. What I would like to point out is that there is
another, very powerful segment of the developer population that
seems to be currently unaccounted for: programmers stuck in jobs
coding for Windows who want out. There are more of us out there
than you think...."
"One of the charges frequently placed against Linux is that is
it difficult for the average user to use and administer. The
commonly taken path in this case is to making fancier GUIs and
such. Rather than lowering the initial-knowledge requirement for
the operating system, why not raise the level of knowledge in new
users? Which is more desirable (and more likely to derail the
Microsoft brain-washing), a dumbed-down operating system or smarter