Originally Posted by TFB
I had the exact opposite reaction.
I tried to get my brother to use it. He refused. His claim as to why is because he games too much... He games on consoles, not PC but whatever. I can't force him to use it.
I did get my dad to dualboot some time ago. He booted into Ubuntu and he said, "But what can I do with it?" I showed him the software center. He looked at it for 5 minutes and said, "There is nothing I want in there." He used it for browsing the internet but eventually went back to Windows full time.
at the core of the issue, i'm glad my exp isn't universal
it took me awhile, but i know firmly believe linux just isn't for everyone, but at the same toss of the coin, the ones who use it shouldn't be made to feel like they are "wasting" their time either with a "hobby".
i know a lot of people who use it, and they aren't all "enthusiest" or "programmers" or "hackers", its a stigma of linux to think the people who use it are super nerdy, living in basements in "man caves".
the main reason i do try to push it, is "repeat offenders" people who bring me their machines every 2 months, bugged up, browsers filled with 8 inches of toolbars, and a msconfig startup section that would make even the most powerful of super computers barf a processor when booting up.
i will make the suggestion, but the stigma remains with linux, i usually hear "i'm not a nerd" or "i wouldn't be able to do anything with it, cause i game a lot", from my personal exp, the ppl who claim the "gaming" route with linux, are farmville farmers, they haven't played a PC game since doom.
but windows might just work for them, it doesn't help their wallets much, as they are paying me all the time to fix their machines when windows gets a ITD (internet transmitted disease, geek humor, gotta love it.), or they get the brilliant idea that since they read a blog, they can now edit the registry or add remove programs is right click and delete...
i try to save as many as i can, but it doesn't always work, another plus point to linux over windows debate, my sister had been thinking of getting a new laptop, even after the windows 7 upgrade, cause of the "sluggish" nature of her laptop, only about a year old, maybe a year and a half, but ubuntu breathed new life into it for her, if anything i saved the computer from a craiglist ad.