View Full Version : Persuading your family and friends to use Ubuntu?

September 24th, 2006, 09:06 PM
How many people have managed to convert there family or friends over to Ubuntu or Linux?

My parents have loads of trouble with Windows - viruses, spyware etc - but it's taken them long enough to get hang of Windows, it seems alot of effort for them and me to get them to switch.

Any tips or advice?

September 24th, 2006, 09:25 PM
Tips? Advice?

Mention it as a possibility. Use it in front of them. Leave it at that.

Don't force, cajole, or persuade them into switching to Ubuntu. If you do, you'll regret it. They have to have the primary motivation. If they have to be convinced into it, you will be blamed for anything that goes wrong, and they will generally not have an attitude that's open-minded and able to adapt to new approaches.

September 24th, 2006, 09:45 PM
Very well said by aysiu

Reinstall Windows, replace IE with firefox, replace outlook with thunderbird, install some other OS software, and then maybe dual-boot with Ubuntu.

It's a good way to slowly get them used to different software, without forcing a total migration.

And when they're used to the new apps, then an OS migration may be possible. As said, it has to be THEIR motivation.

Here are two great sites with OSS for windows:
http://www.opensourcewindows.org/ (http://www.opensourcewindows.org/page2.php)
http://osswin.sourceforge.net/ (http://osswin.sourceforge.net/#games)

September 27th, 2006, 01:05 PM
I put Ubuntu on my dad's computer and because FireFox and OpenOffice look like the Windows versions, it took him no time to get comfortable.