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Linux Interactive: More Linux Users...thanks to AOL?

Jul 09, 2000, 00:34 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Williams)

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"For a while now, people have criticized me for having an AOL account. They say it's too user friendly and won't run normally in Linux. I always agree, citing my laziness as the reason for not quitting (too many things signed up through it). ... It appears though, that I may have another weapon to use as firepower in their arguments. That weapon is the number of Win9x users I have helped convert to or get setup with Linux."

"Typical AOL users, you see, are relatively new to computers (or at least the internet). They don't know much about Win9x, let alone Linux. This leaves them with many questions. ... Unlike most of us who are in contact with geeks (or happen to be geeks ourselves), they don't have a friend they can phone up and ask what Linux is about. They also are nervous about asking for help on message boards, as they may feel intimidated. So, what better way to find out info than from another AOL user?"

"How many confirmed users have I converted? Well, out of those 50 or so I've had ask questions, a good 35 or more people were users with questions, so about 12 people now use Linux thanks to my help. Is that a huge number? No. Is anything better than nothing? Yes. If we're ever going to be the dominant OS, we need promotion. What better way to promote Linux (without ad money) than to assist those who need guidance?"

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