__/ [Skeets] on Sunday 11 December 2005 17:47 \__
> i got my friend into mepis (debian based distro). he told me yesterday
> that he straight up preferred mepis to windows ON HIS DESKTOP... and
> he has years of windows experience and probably 2-3 months of mepis
> his #1 comment - i like how you don't have to worry about all that
> spyware crap.
> he's 22 and is looking at getting into IT... prior to his experience
> with mepis, he was entirely windows oriented...
> wait until he starts messing with the server aspects fo linux - which
> are even stronger than its desktop aspects.
> he's sold.
> i added another advocate for linux... how about you?
> one person at a time... and a flap of a flies wings turns into a
You say that your friend is headed into IT. I would love to hear about the
point where he 'flips' one of his own friends or clients. That's where you
see the 'avalanche' effect. Inertia due to earsay, experience and the
ability to hold one's hand during a migration makes a 180 while all Mi-
crosoft makes is a 360.
I consider myself to be a Windows expert and colleagues can confirm that.
I occasionally hang around the Windows newsgroups and help people redeem
themselves from miseries, never neglecting to blame O/S development as
well. There have been times in the past when, apart from providing a solu-
tion, just by mentioning that Linux does not have similar problems, people
changed over to Linux.
One of the guys got all jazzed up and switched every single machine in his
house to Linux and wrote to me with great excitement about all these dis-
tros, the endless choice, and the end of security issue. Only weeks later
he emerged in the Linux newsgroups offering people Live CD's and helping
others getting along with Linux. Actually getting to see that someone
propagates the knowledge and ideaology is immensely rewarding. Rarely do
you get to see that, even after spending plenty of time an effort helping
a single individual. Gratefulness makes it all worthwhile.
Good luck in future advocacies,