Ubuntu 2006 Spring Collection
stsykin at gmail.com
Tue Feb 21 12:02:17 GMT 2006
Henrik Nilsen Omma wrote:
> Sasha Tsykin wrote:
>> The issue here is that in the other hemisphere it would be reversed.
>> Also, here in Australia, we call it autumn, not fall, so how would
>> you decide what to call it? The numbers are easier. And ultimately, a
>> non-technical person will never try Linux on their own volition. They
>> will only do so if somebody is there to help them.
> But that is exactly what we are trying to change. The point of a
> product name or a marketing slogan is to draw people in, to make then
> consider trying your product. If you have to explain your slogan or
> product name to someone you've already lost the initiative.
> - Henrik
Not really. Not only will non-technical people not try anything with
Linux without help, they won't try anything with computers without help.
They'll just assume they don't need one unless somebody is around to
show them how to use it and troubleshoot for them. Anyway, you can't
exactly call XP comprehensible to the non-geek (or even many geeks) but
they have no particular urge to understand the name.
A good example of this is my grandmother. I installed Linux for her. She
uses windows at work. She has no idea what Linux is. She does not know
that she runs Ubuntu 5.10 or Breezy Badger. All she knows is she runs a
program which looks a bit different to the one she has at work, which
her grandson set up for her, and which she thinks is easier to use. End
of story. Who cares what the name is?
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