Promote Linux on Public Domains

Registered by towsonu2003

I wrote this spec as a result of the following email I received from my girlfriend, so I'm putting the email here. See the wiki page ("Read More" link below) for discussions and so on. The email perfectly explains what this spec is about:

"Dear Linux creators, improvers, and users,

I am writing this email to explain to my boy friend why I refuse to use Linux instead of Microsoft in spite of my political support and appreciation of Linux and my despise of Microsoft and Bill Gates. I believe what I write here might help you formulate some strategies to challenge the Microsoft monopoly and to turn more and more people into Linux users.

I have to be upfront from the beginning that I am a computer dummy, which means that once I learn how to use a computer program I want to stick to it. I insist on using Microsoft in my computer simply because Linux is not widely used in public domains such as libraries, government offices, working places (offices), and universities. Although I live together with a computer geek who is literally in love with Linux and who is never tired of asking me whether I would like to try Linux at least once, I still say "no" because I do not want to deal with using two softwares in different settings (I can hardly use one). I sometimes use my boy friend's computer, which works with Linux, and I usually get lost because I do not know where to look for what. The point is that, if Linux were used in the public domains mentioned above, I would easily say, "Screw Microsoft, I am going to learn Linux and stick to it" (yes, I have to stick to one thing). But I cannot use Linux at home, and then use Microsoft at work and school. It is just too much for a computer dummy like me! So what I suggest for you Linux "policy-makers" is that if you want to spread Linux to the world, go from top to bottom, for instance, from universities to students, or from cities (government agencies) to citizens. This does not mean that you should forget about individual Linux-lovers, but rather you should put more effort into extending the public domains where Linux is the main language of computer. "

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