The main focus to communicate to the world that Windows XP will be expire soon. To be more accurate, to reach out to Windows XP Users all around the world. It is not impossible mission but yes, it is not easy. However, if we work as one team, each on his/her location, it would be easy enough.I think the project should focus on things like...
Do you love using ____ on your current computer? Well, you'll love (insert same or similar application here) just as much (or more)!
For the 15 machines I converted to Linux in two months, I didn't really have to talk too much. People were quickly convinced. I didn't even have to knock the door of my neighbours, they did send me themselves. I just had to post about Linux every now and then at the beginning and in a month or so, every day, few emails in my Facebook Inbox and I have done the installation myself. NONE of them have installed Linux, I have done that for them. I have given all the information they needed. I went to some people at their place to do very simple things. One of them had problem to connect his Toshiba (he was about to trash it but when he saw Linux breathed new life into it, he became super happy) laptop with Xubuntu 13.10 IIRC to his TV (LCD) with HDMI connection. I went to his place and in few mins, all set and worked like a charm. Until now, he never called nor sent anythingPeople that I know are afraid to switch to newer machines because of compatibility reasons, and the reason of "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!". There needs to be a really convincing way to at least make people want to try using a new os. Maybe a way of "trying" would help ease some converters...like a known volunteer install person who will install the os for free and provide free support when needed. Also, there should be a stress on the word FREE
Some laptops had hardware failure.
One other laptop came back to me so had to re-install Xubuntu and that is all.
Now, there is the very first laptop I converted to Linux. It has a technical issue and AFAIK, it seems a hardware issue. Rather than that, all machine worked fine.
The reason why my neighbours were easily convinced to migrate to Linux is because all of them asked me to help them to look into their dead machine. Of course, most of these machine 'had' Windows XP. So, they were sick and tired of Windows and that what made the mission in Real Life for me really easy.
By the way, there are some machines which are dead. I tried with this for example but it was hopeless.
Some other told me they will contact me after the new year in Jan 2014.
I posted on Facebook where our Real Life neighbourhood group is to tell everyone with 'old' machine to never get rid of it. There are many people wanted to trash their old machines. I told them please DO NOT do that yet. I was so glad that Linux breathed new life and that I managed to draw a smile on their faces.
That is not enough. I am planning for a massive campaign soon so I can at least reach 100 in one month (85 to go) but I guess this is a very high target because I will have to install on more than 2 laptops per day (nearly 3 per day). Let's see. Most of them promised to keep talking about Linux to their friends and colleagues.
Where I live, people don't really care whether to pay for an Apple machine or new Laptop with Windows 8 because they have no time to look for alternatives. However, they would definitely appreciate to save some money.