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[News] The Art of Switching People from Microsoft to Freedom (Linux)

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Introducing Open Source to the World - Part 2  

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| One of the biggest things I've seen that powers the resistance of people to 
| using Linux is the desire to stick with what's familiar.  We are a people who 
| naturally do not like to change, and thus we tend to resist it whenever 
| possible, except at times when change is necessary.  That's covered in more 
| detail in another article, so I'll leave it at that here.    
| Given that we're naturally inclined to stick with the familiar, we have to 
| understand this fact and act accordingly when convincing someone to switch to 
| Linux (or BSD, depending on the individual).  One of the first things I've 
| learned is never throw Linux on someone's machine and then just walk away.  
| Especially if it's someone who's just switching from Windows due to major 
| viruses or other issues common to Windows.     


10 reasons for switching to a different Linux distribution

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| You’ve been using the same Linux distribution for years now, but something 
| has been eating at the back of your brain… some zombie process trying to tell 
| you to switch to a different flavor of your favorite open source operating 
| system. You can’t put your finger on it, but it’s there. Some users settle on 
| the first distribution they find and never leave it. Others seem to switch 
| distributions as often as they switch desktop wallpaper. But most Linux users 
| go through one (or two or three) distributions before they finally settle on 
| that one that perfectly fits the bill. That’s where this article comes in: 
| How do you know when you’re ready to switch to a different distribution?        


Windows has no 'flavours'. How boring a life it must be.


More distros = more choice

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| With more than 300 active distributions (distros), Linux is on a roll. Linux 
| distros primarily differ in terms of features since they are built on 
| variants of the same kernel (32-bit/64-bit; with various features of the 
| kernel enabled or disabled). “All the Linux distributions come from the same 
| upstream kernel and what distinguishes each distribution is how they provide 
| support, get ISVs to certify the ISV applications on the specific 
| distribution, and how IHVs (Independent Hardware Vendor) get to do the same,” 
| feels Nandu Pradhan, President & Managing Director, Red Hat India.        

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