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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Last week my colleague Rikki Kite wrote a good blog entry on how to gracefully introduce a person to Linux. She pointed out that just telling a person to “move to Linux” is not enough, and that most people will “get lost in the move”. She used an analogy of moving a friend to a new house.
I would like to add a few more pointers to her excellent “moving” blog entry:
Tip #0.4 – A new house may not be necessary, just add on a room or two of Free Software
Depending on the situation, it may be that all the person really needs is a new browser, a new music player, or an office system. You may find a gradual introduction to Free Software is better than an “all or nothing” approach. Rikki did mention “a remodel”, but I just wanted to make sure that the agent knows what our friend really needs.