[kwlug-disc] Linux advocacy, was: Linux Marketshare
Insurance Squared Inc.
gcooke at insurancesquared.com
Tue Feb 2 09:32:49 EST 2010
Somehow, someway linux has to reach the tipping point. We can sit
smugly as if we're mac users :) or we can do something about it. Here's
two thoughts I've got (one of which I've implemented):
1) friends and family on linux. Evaluate whether they actually have
apps that must run on windows. If not, wipe, and install linux on their
machine for them. Sell it as 'I'll make your computer go faster and
look better'. The new desktops are as good looking as anything
available commercially, and I wouldn't discount that appeal to many
I did this process for my wife. I ensured that the only thing she
actually used was picture/photo album stuff, email, and the web. Boom,
she's on mandriva on her laptop, and has no problems (no learning
curve). I did the same thing recently for my mother; her requirements
were email, and the ability to play scrabble online (which turned out to
be a webpage). She was complaining about needing a new computer.
Instead she got a hard drive wipe and linux installed. No learning
curve for her either, and the machine's super fast again.
2) For those in the computer retail business, here's what I'd consider
doing now that linux is desktop ready. Offer a "new computer for
$150". Where the 'new computer' is a physical clean of their old
computer, hard drive wipe, and a fresh install of ubuntu. There's your
new computer - fast than ever, sleek and freaky looking! Maybe throw in
a new keyboard and mouse. And if they don't like it, after three weeks,
they get a credit of $100 towards a physically new machine. No risk.
Now I don't know what margins are on computers, but I expect $150 for a
ubuntu install is as good as the margin on a new $500-$800 computer.
(and while they're in the shop, offer them some memory upgrade, a new
hd, etc. ).
You make $150. In tight times, your customers save hundreds. They have
the backup of knowing that they can change their minds. And who's
likely to change their mind after running linux for three weeks? Hardly
anyone. Mom and dad are going to be perfectly happy with their new fast
computer and the money they've saved.
john at netdirect.ca wrote:
> Any thoughts on whether this information offers a good glimpse of Linux
> desktop penetration?
> John Van Ostrand
> Net Direct Inc.
> CTO, co-CEO
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