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Re: Can Linux beat XP in homes yet or NOT?

--- Mustafa Qasim <alajal gmail com> wrote:

> Yes! I agree with you Mr. Erich but can you or
> anyone else tell me the key
> factors that are involved when convincing or guiding
> a person how much it is
> easy to move to Linux or how we can make it easy for
> them to take a test
> drive of Linux and then make them realize that it's
> really better their one.
> I thinks the "Satisfaction factor" comes here. What
> we need is to build
> their satisfaction factor in Linux greater then
> Windows then they'll
> naturally realize it instead of forcing them to make
> a blind jump. No one
> here will make a blind jump and if we force them to
> do it and after that we
> couldn't help them too much to keep them in ... then
> they will never ever
> come back... :P ...
> so, what r the points to build the satisfaction
> factor of a person on Linux?
> On 7/13/07, Erich Zigler <ezigler superhero org>
> wrote:
> >
> > On Fri, July 13, 2007 8:16 am, Mustafa Qasim
> wrote:
> >
> > > I've tried to talk with my some friends about
> these issues but at the
> > end
> > > i
> > > came to know that they didn't need to listen the
> philosophy of FOSS they
> > > just want me to practically prove that Linux is
> much easier and secure
> > > then
> > > Windows. For them installing software from
> source or concept of mounting
> > a
> > > block device is much difficult because they
> didn't have to do this in M$
> > > XP
> > > :p.
> >
> > I really do enjoy this subject. The bottom line is
> that most desktop users
> > out there do not care about licensing, holy wars,
> FOSS, etc. They only
> > care about one thing... does it work.
> >
> > Can they as a user sit down and get what they need
> to done or will they be
> > spending more time working on their workstation so
> they can then work on
> > their workstation.
> >
> > Linux has gotten much more "common man" user
> friendly then it used to be.
> > (Does any one else remember installing Slackware
> from 26 floppies?) At
> > this point in time I feel Linux has gotten to be
> user friendly enough for
> > the non-geeks out there to operate. People do not
> like change. Individuals
> > who were raised on Windows will stick with Windows
> because it is what they
> > know. Unless there is some stimulus for change it
> is difficult to convince
> > people to give it a shot.
> >
> > - Erich
> >
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This is an excellent question, with many fine answers
from people across the world.  

One answer I can think of, is to go to a computer
store.  Tell the salesperson that you just want the
computer no software no OS.

Then ask the guy how much the computer costs.  It
costs $X and that is fine.

Then ask the guy if the computer has an OS, XP/Vista
and how much does more it cost.

The bottom line here is to buy two computers for head
to head comparison.  One with the default OS being
Vista/XP and one with no OS. On the machine with no OS
test it out with a liveCD and show the user how
everything works, sound/graphics/software and what
comes with a linux system.  Fire up the other machine
which comes with nothing closed to it.  Tell the
persons that to have something like all the software
already there, get linux.  If they want to get the
software in windows download it and try getting it for
free or pay for it.  

The windows computer will need antivirus/firewalls/
word processsing/spreadsheets, etc.  it will usually
have it with a catch a trial version of MS Office for
30 days or something like that.  The linux machine
will have OpenOffice with no strings attached. 
Furthermore, if the user does not like OpenOffice,
he/she can get Koffice, Abiword and Gnumeric.  The
choices are there.  In windows there is OpenOffice,
but you have to download it, it does not come with
Windows.  The ones that come with windows is with a
catch, and catches like those not too many people

Also people need some time to test Linux on their
systems.  Recommend a liveCD and take a test drive. 
They need to see the advantages of linux vs the other

These are just some little ideas because more things
come into play.  The users might also want mp3
playback, being able to watch their DVD's.  The linux
that they will use, should have the ability to do
this, or make it simple for a user to install the
software required for this.  They are not to be
worried about legality issues/patents or other stuff
which will be intimidating to them.  In the end, the
decision to use linux/XP will come down to them, no
one will force themselves upon them.  They should see
for themselves which system is more convenient for
them.  Which one does more for less?  



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