[ubuntu-uk] What do non-techies like the most about Ubuntu?

Chris Rowson christopherrowson at gmail.com
Sun May 20 19:48:11 BST 2007

 I am always recommending  it to friends but
> they always look so alarmed at the thought of change and I 'm not very good
> at telling them why Ubuntu is so much better.- someone give me some sales
> talk quick!!!
> Caroline (LSP)

Hi Caroline, Giving someone a good reason to change, when they're
happy with what they have is always hard !

I think its important to draw their attention to the negative aspects
of Windows. and contrasting them against the positive attributes of
Linux may work. Most people have never used anything other than
Windows. They assume that all computers are slow, need lots of
resources and get virus's (or is it viri!). Show them that there is a
choice... Like the bank advert says "There is another way.."

For instance:

Q: Have you ever had a virus?

Did you know that some virus's/malware can steal your personal
details, turn your Windows computer into a gateway for pornographic
emails and get you into trouble? Ubuntu by the way isn't susceptible
to virus's like Windows is. Using Ubuntu can safeguard you from bad
people on the internet.

Q: Does your computer start up slowly? If not, you're guaranteed that
it will after time..

Did you know that Windows gets more and more 'bloated' the longer you
use it? This slows your Windows computer down, making it unresponsive
and sluggish. Ubuntu is designed differently. It doesn't get fat like
Windows ;-)

Q: Does it cost you a lot of money, every time you need a new program
to do something?

A standard version of Microsoft Office 2007 could cost you around 300
quid, Photoshop could cost you more. Did you know that Ubuntu has
thousands of programs available for free at the click of a button, and
you can still open all of your old Microsoft Office documents too!

In fact, this sounds like a reasonably good way to market Ubuntu via
leaflets etc!


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