Started by Davka, March 01, 2013, 05:08:34 PM
Quote from: "_Xenu_"I really do think pretty much anyone can handle Mint: Its designed entirely for non-technical users. Having said that though, ordinary users tend to be extremely resistant to change.
QuoteLinux is not ready for prime time when it comes to typical windows users.
Quote from: "Seabear"Ubuntu is super-easy to use, install, maintain, is very stable, etc. Not to mention totally free. It also runs quite well on older HW, so it's a great choice for an affordable PC for college students and such. There is also a large online repository of all sorts of SW, especially educational. I agree that the Unity desktop leaves a bit to be desired, but it's not all that bad. That said, it's really not difficult to change the desktop environment to Gnome or KDE. And once you do that, there are free custom desktop themes based on them that looks and functions almost exactly like Win7.
Quote from: "Johan"RFT! (Run From This). Giving linux to typical windows end users who are paying you for your services is a sure fire recipe for disaster that will lose you customers so fast it will make your head spin. Linux is not ready for prime time when it comes to typical windows users. If you sell it to them, they will hate it. And then they'll hate you. Tell them Windows 8 is a poorly designed product and sell them on Windows 7 instead and leave it at that.
QuoteKeep macs in mind too. If they're at all interested, encourage them to make the switch and then sell them tutoring for learning the new os. I used to make a ton of money from that and all of my clients loved me and recommended me to others. A goldmine that.
Quote from: "Johan"Iphones and ipods have only one button for a reason. That's what typical end users want. They want it to work and they only want to have to push one button to make it happen. That ain't linux. That will never be linux.
QuoteI think my dark beer analogy was good. Another good analogy is Tom Waits. Linux is the Tom Waits of operating systems.Linux and Windows are both operating systems. There is a reason one is more commonly known than the other.Tom Waits and Justin Bieber are both musicians. There is a reason one is more commonly known than the other.
Quote from: "Davka"Yeah, I was afraid that might be the answer. It's fucking annoying, since Mac OSX is a Linux build, proving that a Linux OS for idiots is possible.
Quote from: "_Xenu_"Quote from: "Davka"Yeah, I was afraid that might be the answer. It's fucking annoying, since Mac OSX is a Linux build, proving that a Linux OS for idiots is possible.Actually, OSX is a fork of Free BSD. In other words, actual UNIX.
Quote from: "Davka"interesting. I've stayed away from recommending Macs because the goddam OS doesn't fuck up all the time like MS, thus making me obsolete. But teaching folks to use a Mac is a real possibility.