[sf-lug] Linux install on Older Laptop (Ubuntu??)

Blake Haggerty Blake.Haggerty at Sapphire.com
Thu Sep 27 16:27:39 PDT 2007

Hey Kristian and Christian,


I completely agree with the relationship side of it. And I also agree the average user "just needs it to work"  Maybe someone on here can teach me how to fricken qoute  the previous response so you guys know who I'm responding too. 


PS: If your gonna buy a luxury car go Mercedes or Audi, you arent going to be doing Mach 5 in san Francisco your going to sit in traffic so you need to be comfortable and that is not BMW's forte. But then again you dont care... 


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-----Original Message-----
From:Kristian Erik Hermansen kristian.hermansen at gmail.com 
To: "Christian Einfeldt" ;
Cc: "Blake Haggerty" , "sf-lug at linuxmafia.com" ;
Sent: Sep 27, 2007 04:19:28 PM
Subject: Re: [sf-lug] Linux install on Older Laptop (Ubuntu??)

On 9/27/07, Christian Einfeldt wrote: 
> enjoyable for you to support him / her. That is key. The secret to 
> successful FOSS migration, IMHO, is not a technical issue, it is a social 
> issue!!!! It's all about relationships! 

I think you hit the nail right on the head. I didn't actually start 
learning anything about Linux until I started socially interacting 
with Linux users all over the world. Before that, it was just me in 
my parent's basement against the world. But even knowing this, 
realize that you personally probably have no care in the world about 
many other issues. 

For instance, I don't really care at all about cars! I am told by 
many of my friends that I will have more power, torque, horsepower, 
and an overall better car if I broke down and bought a BMW. They also 
tell me I should have a manual transmission, for that extra edge, like 
when I'm competing against other highway drivers (!!!). To tell you 
the truth, I am horrible at driving a stick, but I do realize that I 
could do some really cool things if I had a manual transmission. I 
choose not to, because it is more important to me to drink a coffee, 
read a book, and talk on the phone while driving :-) I don't care if 
my car gets me from point A to B 15 seconds faster and in a "better" 
way, which is all subjective anyways. For other people, it may be 
that they do not care too much about managing their finances. Sure, 
they could probably earn more on their investments if they invested 
many hours each week researching the markets, but they don't care! 
Maybe they would rather spend time with their family instead of making 
a few extra bucks. It is the same with Linux. For most people, the 
computer is a vehicle for interaction with the Internet and composing 
word documents. A majority of the complaints for Windows users only 
come when their computer is too slow, or they have lost access to the 
Internet! Everything else they don't care about. 

So, in order to sell Linux to end-users who run Windows mainly and 
don't care, you have to just make it be the standard and/or pitch it 
in a way that will give them time to spend on things that they 
actually do care about!!! Remember that people are not really lazy, 
but just choose to focus their time in certain areas, which may or may 
not be related to using a computer :-P Maybe I am way off base 
Kristian Erik Hermansen 

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