Not necessarily so. I've met Windows users who want me to "fix" their computers, so that they or their children or their spouse or their roommate can go out and download more viruses, spyware and malware ... and then want me to do the whole process over again in 3 or 6 months. I now tell them that I don't do Windows. If they insist, I tell them it will cost them $100 an hour for me to "fix" their computer, and that it almost always takes a minimum of 4 hours, often times longer. They all balk at that figure. I also tell them that I can install an operating system that is virus free, spyware free, malware free and crapware free, and I'll give them all the support they want or need ... for free. So far, no one who has taken me up on the offer (there have been several ... my Window die-hard brother the latest) have even had an inkling of a thought of returning to Windows. They all pretty much exclaim the same thing: how wonderful and comforting it is to be able to use their computer, without the worries of all the "wares" that inflict Windows.
Paul: Here on Earth II, things are different. On my Earth, adults particularly the ones in excess of age forty, only know just enough to be marginally functional. They need their Microsoft Office, because they're afraid they'll have to learn something else and maybe the alternative isn't compatible with what their job uses. They do not perceive a difference between Windows and Office (it's all Microsoft, right ?)
About thirteen years ago, my oldest customer's tried-n-true Novell file server went belly-up (hdrive abruptly died) and his late son and I were unable to get a replacement Novell system up-and-running right away. I remembered CompUSA had a Linux-based file server appliance on sale, he bought it, I installed Linux for the very first time that night, and he's had a Linux-based
file server ever since. Samba/Linux file servers aren't too hard to sell, bec people don't see them/interact with them directly. And you can't beat their efficiency. That customer (Roy) was happy with Netware on a small, dedicated PC and the Linux appliance (Netmax) fit perfectly on that PC. Since then, I've done a couple exotic server projects on FreeBSD, in addition to the Linux file servers.
On my world, techs are just as close-minded as their users. All it takes is a little initiative and one can start making progress in a brave new world. But very few (in my experience
) want to give up their Redmond security blankets.
I'm especially glad that you find the magazine useful, especially since I've been the magazine's chief editor since July, 2009. But why only download the issues going back to Oct 2010? Why not download ALL the back issues, for free?
Jeez ! You mean they're free
now ? This Linux stuff gets cooler and cooler !