Just a quick note of success.
This weekend a local Gulf Coast computer store, Nine Tech Computers (formally T-9 Computers, 2758 Bienville Blvd, Ocean Springs, MS 39564 228-872-1990), agreed to start selling and supporting Ubuntu machines. His goal is to sell Ubuntu machines that are a lot cheaper (due to software, not hardware) to convince a customer to buy that would normally be turned off by a higher price with paid-for software. The business model he is running with is computer support and not profits from PC sales. He let me assemble a new Ubuntu PC using his parts to be demonstrated next to a Vista PC and he wants help finding professional fliers, posters, and handouts. I also agreed to guide him through support calls until he feels comfortable with Ubuntu. I think the demo PC next to a Windows PC is a good approach as it will allow a customer to decide for themselves if they like it. (That one is for you Aysiu)
I finished the demo PC and it is the standard Ubuntu 8.04 install, (theme and desktop left default), with Ubuntu extras installed, Compiz-Fusion setting increased with a lot of neat effects, and all hardware went through a 24 hour burn-in test. I also installed neat apps that demonstrates Ubuntu's key strengths like...
1. Legal copy of Return to Castle Wolfenstien under WINE with high settings.
2. Google Earth for Linux
3. Banshee music player and iPod controls
4. Evolution Email set up with working email account.
5. Google Desktop and Firefox Youtube sidebar expansion pack.
I also included on the desktop links to...
1. These Ubuntu Forums
2. The main Ubuntu website
3. The Ubuntu Guide
4. An argument for Linux over Windows
Also I downloaded and placed on the desktop a few of the better Linux advertising videos on youtube.
(NOTE: This is a duplicated from a post on this thread, but I am afraid it was lost in the weeds.)