[ubuntu-us-ma] Who's experienced with offering Ubuntu conversions?

Drascus enchantedvisionsband at yahoo.com
Wed Jul 8 12:56:37 BST 2009

Yeah I agree the beforehand consultation is very important make sure
that they can be up and running with all the same capabilities. I
usually use an install script to get all the codecs and such installed
and commonly used programs that don't come with ubuntu out of box.
perfect buntu is a good example that installs some useful things:
Also I always make sure that I spend time with new people showing them
the basics of their system. I usually give them a resource sheet of
websites, books, and IRC channels where they can get more information
and tutorials. I also show them how they can go about getting tech
support for ubuntu and of course I make sure they have my card. I
usually hang out for a bit while they get the hang of their system. I
usually find in the first 15 mins or so is where all the questions come

this is just me. but I always do mention free software and open source
and why they are important. I let them know about freedom and the
community. I have a flyer that I give out that explains free Software
and I mention fsf.org and gnu.org. I feel that is an important part of
it too. But I realize not everyone would agree. Some people are excited
by it some people are indifferent. But I feel that if we don't explain
this stuff people won't know why this software is truly important. I
feel as though they will just go and install a bunch of proprietary
software on top of Ubuntu without even batting an eye and it will be
only a matter of time before we are the same as what we are against. OK
end of rant lol. 

Mike C.  

On Wed, 2009-07-08 at 02:37 -0400, Danny Piccirillo wrote:
> Mhm, yeah. That's all pretty straightforward-- can't upgrade someone
> who depends on software to which there's no alternative for Ubuntu. Do
> the new iPods work with Ubuntu? I thought they didn't, unless you
> jailbroke them or something. What's the best way to migrate data? Use
> some software to backup the entire drive or just use an external hard
> drive to copy files over? Also, should we bother with dual-boots, or
> no? 
> On Wed, Jul 8, 2009 at 02:02, Cam Cope <maccam94 at gmail.com> wrote:
>         Just some quick notes on how I approach an Ubuntu conversion:
>         I do computer repair work. If a person has gotten a
>         particularly severe spyware or virus infection, or if Windows
>         needs to be reinstalled, or if the computer is old, I ask the
>         user what they do on the computer.
>         In particular, if they only use it to
>         -Browse the web
>         -Check email
>         -Download pictures from a camera
>         -Listen to music (make sure they don't use the iTunes Music
>         Store)
>         -Word Processing
>         Then I make the pitch. I do this as computer repair work, and
>         charge by the hour. Pricing would probably be a bit different
>         if you're trying to offer this service on its own.
>         Watch out for the following pitfalls when sizing up a
>         conversion:
>         -Incompatible hardware (it's getting rarer, but be careful
>         with ATI graphics cards, Lexmark printers, eyc)
>         -Quicken/Taxcut/etc
>         -Music subscriptions/DRM
>         -Games
>         -Specialized software/hardware
>         That's all I can think of off the top of my head.
>         -Cam
>         On Tue, Jul 7, 2009 at 4:21 PM, jimi o'beirne
>         <jimobeirne at gmail.com> wrote:
>                 I'm running out shortly to get some stuff done for
>                 tonight but am willing to help you where I can. I have
>                 run a successful consulting company in the past and
>                 have just started up as an LLC again.
>                 Jim O'Beirne
>                 On Tue, 2009-07-07 at 15:13 -0400, Danny Piccirillo
>                 wrote: 
>                 > I've done conversions for friends, but i'd like to
>                 > start doing this for money now. For everyone
>                 > experienced with this, can you give me and anyone
>                 > else interested some tips/advice? How did you get
>                 > started? Who did you target first? How did you
>                 > market yourself? Do you do housecalls/drop
>                 > offs/what? What's the entire process of a
>                 > conversion? How much do you charge? What are common
>                 > problems, things to avoid, etc, etc, etc. 
>                 > 
>                 > 
>                 > Thanks!
>                 > .danny
>                 > 
>                 > 
>                 > Again, this is mostly for the ubuntu businesses
>                 > group, but it's relevant to
>                 > anyone who helps people do conversions to ubuntu.
>                 > http://groups.google.com/group/ubuntu-us-ma-business
>                 > 
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