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March 24, 2007

Free as in free dinner.

Filed under: GNU/linux — coolantz @ 4:01 pm

*Note: This post is for those end users, who are fed up of Windows XP and would be thinking in terms of upgrading to Vista, (or Linux)

the powerful tux

Linux? which distribution?will my so and so hardware work?Can I sync my songs with my i Pod? I’ve heard it’s a hackers OS …. can I surf the net?Can i play MP3s?

Now this is an issue, I could go on and on and on ….

But to cut things short and get across (and possibly, help) to many people out there, I’ll abstain from the background and zap into the present scenario of things and consider the future possibilities.

I feel there’s a lot of on and on ….

But to cut things short and get across (and possibly, help) to many people out there, I’ll abstain from the background and zap into the present scenario of things and consider the future possibilities.

I feel there’s a lot of stigma attached to the nice n friendly OS, available out there,LINUX, free of cost, and full of goodies, (and absolutely delightful surprises).

But, I feel that the end user is still afraid to let go of the much bloated, memory hog … MS windows.

and I think, the reason of such a state of concern is the fact that Linux is not hyped (read shamelessly publicized) to be a magic being, that enchants any living soul that goes near it. Linux people will state facts, but yet another fact is, that advertisement sells, and I hope this turns out as an interesting offer for those who want to take Linux for a spin, but have a problem going the last mile. (weak knee syndrome!).

But, I feel that the end user is still afraid to let go of the much bloated, memory hog … MS windows.

and I think, the reason of such a state of concern is the fact that Linux is not hyped (read shamelessly publicized) to be a magic being, that enchants any living soul that goes near it. Linux people will state facts, but yet another fact is, that advertisement sells, and I hope this turns out as an interesting offer for those who want to take Linux for a spin, but have a problem going the last mile. (weak knee syndrome!).

I hereby offer help …. for those who’d like to install Linux but have issues related to partitioning, h/w support and other application migration concerns.
If you happen to be in vicinity (constraints to area around south Delhi/gurgaon) … I will actually do it in person (possibly on weekends, if you care to reach out).

I can also offer ubuntu CDs, for those who haven’t checked it out (yes, it’ll work without installing anything), free of cost. You would have to make a slight effort of picking them up. Those who’re interested, mail me to fix a convenient place from where you can get them.

So anyone, who wishes to jump into the better world, please get i touch with me. If you don’t have the required know how about it, I’ll help.

Important positives in using Linux
Hardware support If you have a sound card/usb gadget, for which you don’t have “drivers” in windows…. try it with Linux. It just might roll
Security concerns! bye bye!No need to update your virus definitions?Much less chances of being bugged by spy ware.
you can use skimpy hardware. Have really old machines gathering dust in the corner of your store room. Turn them to routers/Media centers.

Don’t believe me ?
well, I’m not kidding one word, I go as far as to say, that at home , my parents have switched, for all of their day to day activities to Linux. and they’re loving it. 🙂

Why would I do it?
OK, now, I’m sure you are unaware of FSF and it’s principles. I would have done it for free beer 😉 , but there’s a slight problem, I don’t drink. So, how bout, free dinner? or lunch?

Give Linux a chance. If things don’t quite work out the way you’d want them to, you have the freedom to choose MS s/w.

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4 Comments »

  1. Keep up the good work, bro!

    Comment by Vulturo — March 26, 2007 @ 7:15 am | Reply

  2. I sure hope so.
    But the people will have to for once, let me have a chance to exactly show them ….

    I’m sure you must’ve been involved in a a conversation on the lines of:
    You:Hey, have you seen the latest release of ubuntu?
    X:No, but what is it? a game?
    You:Well, whaddayaknow, it’s a complete OS !!!! (to ring in some excitement)
    X:What kind of OS will be called ubuntu (smirk)…..

    My parents were really bugged by the constant overhead of updating there anti-virus, firewalls and whatnots in Windows, so i offered them a logical solution.I guess it clicked. Exactly how many people face similar problems.
    and why do they actually prefer to live with it?

    For once dude, I feel the need to reach out, but alas, I know exactly what people end up to this post of mine. Ones, who really wouldn’t need any sort of help.

    Well, how are things in mumbai? are you still dishing out ubuntu CDs . How many ppl actually taken it and gone to use it?

    Comment by coolantz — March 26, 2007 @ 3:14 pm | Reply

  3. Still trying to convert people. I guess a better approach is to leave them to whatever they use, and when they visit you.. show them the power.

    By the way, replied to your comments inline in my blog. Any comments on my new ‘OS’ venture? For sure I am not making another *nix clone if I ever make something (Linux is THE best possible *nix clone) … 😀

    Comment by Anurag — October 26, 2007 @ 10:01 am | Reply

  4. more power to u, man..every man counts in this battle 😉
    having said that, I’m still peeved at how linux can handle the biggest of the things but still falls short of the smallest of them (like even getting wi-fi with wpa would be a hell of a task for a regular average joe user) and this is the only reason why its lagging in “mass-adoption”. Anyways, with each release of every distro, I feel its cutting down significantly on the lead that Micro$haft has in the word-excel user market ;). up, up and away….

    Comment by Shantanu Goel — February 14, 2008 @ 1:26 am | Reply


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