If we persuade the majority of users who needs their computers (usually laptops) just to chit-chat, then the market-share of desktop Linux will improve by 10%. This alone will lead in adoption of the companies which will lead to more games, which will lead more users to switch to Linux. Everything is a chain. I live for the day, Linux Desktop hits the 25% of the marketshare. But the day it becomes a defacto will be the day I'll change OSYes it's easier to have someone switch who's just mailing and chatting and doing that kind of stuff but heavy gamers... impossible. Also Skype as a means of video communication is a real P.I.T.A. since the Linux version sucks compared to the Windows one and besides that it's untrusty closed stuff that is very likely being wiretapped. It also uses other strange techniques.
Also, the thing that SKYPE is poorer in Linux, is an advantage. Remember, what we want is simpler things, fewer clicks and absolute absence of configuration. That's why I suggested Ubuntu, because of Gnome. It's simplicity is a treasure for customers like these
Well, all the girls that look my PC, or the laptop's of the girls I converted, always ask what program is that? Heed, they refer to the OS as a program. The words XP/Vista/Linux is just a name for them.Some complain about Windows but then they fear the "unknown" Linux.
Yeah, the real menace is the preinstallation of windows in the new computers. If the governments obligated the computer sellers to give always option about the software that comes with a new computer, we would live in a better world.I hate it to tell you ... but, Y'know that heise is visited by a lot of geeks and nerds. Okay, there it might be even higher if nerds were allowed to use Linux at work. But compare heise traffic to something like random-magazine-for-beauty-cooking-and-chitter and there you might see a lot of NT5.1+IE hits. I think the Linux "market share" is not easy to compute because Linux is not "sold" the classic way, there are few pre-installations and in general there is also a lot of dual/triple/whatever booting.
I think the preinstallations, the forced bundling of windows with boxes makes the biggest problem, people do not get the idea of what an OS really is. They see the Windows as the computer (it's the same) and the internet consits of the "blue e". Some are not even aware about the option of having different prowsers. Presentations are always powerpoint and letters/emails are always written in word (where a simple editor would even be enough). Maximum of ignorance because everything is preinstalled. There is no knowing for them an even far less choice.
The EU had lawsuits with MS about bundling of browsers and stupid media players with their OS. I mean, WTF. It would be far better to have the choice of OS when you buy a laptop and to have the interfaces and file formats open for a better interoperability. Then people could move seamless between all kinds of OS.
perhaps a mass female linux conversion campaign?
"mass" and "female" in the same sentence? L33F3R is in for it now....