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    So you're given 5 minutes to describe linux....you say?

    Hey Linux users! I'm an engineering student who is taking a summer course in technical writing. An upcoming project for the class is finding a topic for a group project. What each of us has to do is come up with a topic, briefly research it, and give a brief 5 minute presentation on the subject. After reading a little summary of the assignment, I thought: "Well, this sounds like a job for Linux! (or at least and opportunity to spread the word about Linux in general)"

    However, I'm still a self-proclaimed 'linux-noob.' I've messed with lightweight distros on an old computer, tinkered with ubuntu on a laptop, and I currently dual boot Windows Vista and PCLOS GNOME 2008.

    Here's where the community can help me: I have 5 minutes to tell my class a little history on Linux, why the world (or atleast technically inclined people) should use Linux over Windoze, and general benefits of using Linux (not just ubuntu) without coming off as a Linux elitist


    So here's the list that made me think Linux:

    Students should consider these elements as "selling points" (selling class members on an idea, getting students to want to “vote for” or form a group around a particular project idea):


    The need or marketing opportunity;


    The feasibility (Is it “do-able” as a project even if the final answer for the idea itself is no?);


    The scope of inquiry – what the investigation will cover, include, and what it will not cover or include;


    The costs involved;


    The benefits (to society as a whole, or the end user, but particularly for students involved in the project and for the class – as a learning experience);


    The availability of information (Internet sites, library sources, experts, questionnaires, surveys, etc.; also in terms of being able to understand the information available, avoidance of classified, “cutting-edge,” or abstruse info or technology);


    The challenge, the interest or fun involved.



    P.S We are allowed to make a power point as a visual aid (used on a computer lab computer: projected on to the screen). I was thinking about taking a live cd to see if it would run near flawlessly as a visual aid too.

    Thanks!
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    Re: So you're given 5 minutes to describe linux....you say?

    Best OS ever

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    Re: So you're given 5 minutes to describe linux....you say?

    I'd have to say that extremely slow to make it last 5 minutes lol. I don't think I'd get any votes from the class either =P
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    Re: So you're given 5 minutes to describe linux....you say?

    *Hands over LiveCD and boots to it*

    'Nuff said
    Cya!

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    Re: So you're given 5 minutes to describe linux....you say?

    Linux is a no-nonsense OS
    [Arch + KDE]

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    Re: So you're given 5 minutes to describe linux....you say?

    freedom

    nuff said

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    Re: So you're given 5 minutes to describe linux....you say?

    whatever you do, don't bash other OS's are you'll be doing the community a disservice.

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    Re: So you're given 5 minutes to describe linux....you say?

    Explain what an operating system is - or possibly just say a free alternative to Microsoft Windows.

    Then perhaps discuss security and usability of old machines today and why Windows encourages upgrading of hardware to support new software.

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    Re: So you're given 5 minutes to describe linux....you say?

    More specifically, what would points would I make? e.g. linux has a million distibutions, some are free as in freedom and free as in beer, live cds don't make changes to the current OS, linux can be used for data recovery off a windows box, linus torvalds was a canadian curling champion (jk), privacy, a huge community that looks over the source code for bugs, etc.

    you know, the whole thing you'd tell your friend if you were trying to get him/her to try out linux
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    Re: So you're given 5 minutes to describe linux....you say?

    Quote Originally Posted by darrelljon View Post
    Explain what an operating system is - or possibly just say a free alternative to Microsoft Windows.
    No, don't. Saying that makes people think it is just a free clone of Windows.
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    If you want to ask about something I posted, send a PM, as I don't watch many threads

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