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[–] ToOnMaN 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

I run a custom build and repair shop from my home and have for about a decade. In the first few years i had never even had a customer ask me about or even know what linux was. In recent years more and more people have been asking me if i can install Android on their computers, then begins the linux talk. Last year i install linux distro's 11 times, this year 23 times, so far. BUT now when i get repeat customers for malware cleanup i suggest a linux distro as a means of combating being forced to cleanup their pr0nware.

So i agree, even after decades linux hasnt picked up enough of the market to even be known by the masses.

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[–] Tonguestun 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

The day when I don't have to resort to black magic to get games working in linux is the day I put down window for good. I just want to install and play, not mess around with ports or visualization. Steam is helping but the big game studios need a swift kick in the ass already.

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[–] ToOnMaN 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Cant disagree with that. I havent really played any games since Duke3d, dern carpal tunnel. Most of my boxes that run linux are file/media servers, a firewall and a couple desktops. The rest are dual boot machines.

Part of the gaming issue lies in the fact that the major vid card manufacturers were kind of dicks about opening up the drivers to open source projects for quite a few years. Of course game makers didnt have much of a choice at the time.

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[–] ToOnMaN 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

After i talk to them about it i leave it up to them. Mint doesnt have all that steep of a learning curve compared to say every windows product ever vs windows 8. The biggest issue is finding software alternatives to the programs they are used to using, names for linux programs are oft difficult for them to match up with what it does. I install the stuff that the majority of people use then discuss the specific apps they need and teach them how to find and install them. Im not one of those people who just do this as a job, i love computers so i can be a little overly enthusiastic about it. From time to time i do free classes for those wanting to learn about basic computing and basic security, linux comes up during these classes and my email given to those who want to learn more.

I just formatted one of my old laptops to give to my nephew, i give it to him tomorrow. I explained to him that windows is to be used for his day to day and Mint for pr0n, as much as he likes pr0n he will spend the vast majority of his computing time in Mint, yes he is over 18 he just likes his pr0n. SO he ends up with a dual boot W7/Mint machine that i wont have to clean malware off of every other week, its a win win, hehe.

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[–] roznak [S] 3 points -1 points (+2|-3) ago 

I have been part of Linux since 1990 or so. I recall that I had 4 floppy disks and tried to install it (Red hat I think). Uninstalled it because I was disappointed. Every couple of years I try again, but every time I have a faulty boot when I change some hardware. Problems I never had with Windows.

Something that Microsoft and Apple learned it right is easy installations of software. You download it, you click on the setup end there is you shortcut. And software tends to be consistent, not a weird patch of different technologies like GIMP.

Message to the Linux community: People don't care that you have less bugs, they do care that they can turn the address bar "pink". My sister went to the phone shop and when asked what she wanted her answer was a "pink phone".

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[–] ToOnMaN 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago  (edited ago)

In the last few years the majority of linux installs have been quite easy and nearly hands free. These mainstream distro's are quite easy to use but there is a bit of a learning curve for most people, the reason W8 failed.

If i may add to your message to the community: Start giving your apps and programs names that are related to its usage.

LOL about your sisters answer. My wife INSISTED that i get a smart phone. I did some research before we went in, not enough as it cant be rooted. I was looking around at other phones when one of the sales associates asked her, "What kind of phone are you looking for?" and she replied, "Id like something in red.". The fella looked over at me and asked if she was with me, he didnt ask her anymore direct questions after i told him that i was.