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Babies, Grandmas and Linux

May 21, 2008, 03:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jay Lyman)

"It's not often that I can go to a friend or community gathering and get the chance to talk open source with new people. Some of them work in tech or related industries and know at least what Linux or open source is, vaguely. But last weekend, while attending a baby shower, it went beyond the usual, flimsy open source familiarity. I met a man who actually uses Linux. Amid talk of baby sign language, gifts of tiny clothing and footwear, we were talking Linux. Yep. I finally ran into someone who can truly understand why it can be so limiting to work in Windows without multiple workspaces. He was a Kubuntu user, and while he had forced is wife to run some Linux in the past (a couple years before it was as easy as it is today by the look on her face), she was on Windows and it was working, 'for now...'"

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