[kwlug-disc] Decrease boot time

Bob Jonkman bjonkman at sobac.com
Fri Dec 18 17:31:51 EST 2009

I agree that bootup messages are useful, but some people[*] I've spoken 
with who are new to Linux (Ubuntu, specifically) do not want to see the 
bootup messages because "they're ugly, and Windows is not". The 
perception becomes "Linux is ugly", which becomes a major mental block 
to adoption. Next, when something happens in Linux that's different from 
Windows the perception is "I knew it, Linux is ugly AND bad".

So, if you want to target Windows people with low technical skills, 
hiding the bootup messages increases Linux adoption.

[*] I observed that those people were all well past retirement age. I 
think that ageism has crept into society at large, saying that older 
people can't learn new things. Sadly, some of those older people 
actually believe that. It has also been my experience that (other) older 
people adopt computer technology just as readily as younger people 
because computers and the online experience fulfill a need that the 
technology they grew up with just doesn't meet. F'rinstance, when was 
the last time you actually sent postal mail with enclosed photographs to 
your grandparents? Far easier for them to read your blog and subscribe 
to your tweets.


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Raul Suarez wrote:
> --- On Fri, 12/18/09, Paul Nijjar <paul_nijjar at yahoo.ca> wrote:
>> I take the opposite view.
> I'm with you in your arguments, but bottom line is that they don't want to see them. Regardless of what you or I think of them.
> Raul Suarez
> Technology consultant
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