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“I don’t know what Linux is but I don’t like it”

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In college, almost everyone has a personal computer. More and more people are using Macs - it seems that 10% of the class of 2007 uses Macs, whereas it appears that roughly half of freshman (class of 2010) are using Macs. I’ve used PCs, Macs, and lately a lot of Linux. I’ve even written my own operating system. However, it seems that when it comes to discussing operating systems, everyone’s an expert, even though most people won’t be able to tell you what an operating system is or what it does.

I, along with millions of other people, have recently fallen in love with Ubuntu Linux. Ubuntu is (1) a free operating system, (2) a collection of free software, including an office suite, music players, and email, chat, and web clients, and (3) a lively and engaging community of people who cooperate to help each other use and improve these tools (”ubuntu” means humanity towards others).

With these things in mind, I often find myself in discussions like this one:

Friend: I hate Windows. I just have all this crap on my computer - spyware, adware, and it makes my computer run so slow!

Me: Have you heard of Linux? Maybe you could get rid of Windows and give Linux a try? I could help you try it if you want.

Friend: No, I like Windows and I don’t like Linux at all.

Me: Didn’t you just say you hated Windows?

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