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My kid will, in fact, do it with Ubuntu (and other 2010 predictions)

Dec 18, 2009, 00:04 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Christopher Dawson)


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"Prediction #1: My kid will do it with Ubuntu

"There he is, kid #4: his t-shirt says it all. By way of disclosure, I got that t-shirt for free from the good folks at Canonical. I don’t, however, think he will end up using Ubuntu because they gave me a free t-shirt. I think he’ll use Ubuntu because he already does. I also think that Ubuntu use will continue to spread beyond the kids of the sorts of people to whom Canonical sends t-shirts. Ubuntu is not just for geeks anymore.

"A teacher saw an Ubuntu sticker on my computer the other day and asked what I thought of it. He’s a relatively savvy user, but hardly a geek. However, he told me that he had just installed Ubuntu on his wife’s computer, much to her chagrin (he had already switched his own). She didn’t care for Vista (already installed) and he couldn’t bring himself to pay for an upgrade to Windows 7, so she got Ubuntu. She was completely surprised to find out that not only was it free, but she liked it."

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