[sf-lug] [LINUX USER QUESTIONAIRE] Linux growth

jim jim at well.com
Thu Jul 30 12:26:05 PDT 2009

On Thu, 2009-07-30 at 09:38 -0700, Edward Janne wrote:
> Question 5: Is the Linux user base growing fast enough? 
   i have driven a stake in the ground: i want to promote 
linux (and to a lesser extent freeBSD and other Free and 
Open Source Software), partly to encourage what i think 
is a moral and rich approach to doing things (collaboration), 
as well as vindictively (i don't like some of what MSFT has 
done in the last 15 years--i used to be a MSFT booster, 
mainly because their compilers were well-designed). 
   so no, the linux user base is not growing fast enough 
for my taste. 

> What do the  
> members of the group do to encourage adoption of the platform? 
   i try to evangelize open source software and encourage 
anyone who'll listen to me to convert from silo-ware to 
foss-ware. this means being attentive to people i meet wrt 
what they're doing with computers, asking a few questions, 
then possibly making some tentative suggestions with offers 
to help. i occasionally join some community effort to help 
support such as St. Anthony's or the KIPP school or OLPC-SF. 

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