Converting a Windows 7 user to Xubuntu 13.10 & Miscellaneous Observations about Xubuntu 13.10
richard.elkins at gmail.com
Sat Dec 14 17:59:08 UTC 2013
I have converted neighbors and family members to home-PC-Linux since
2003, lately exclusively to Xubuntu. They were all non-computer-tech
people with various levels of experience and education. My simple
approach (like an interview):
Would you like to
* avoid being forced to periodically purchase new hardware by the
basic software vendor?
* avoid being forced to periodically purchase new versions of
essentially the same basic software and office software?
* stop being tempted into stealing software from Microsoft and other
* reduce time dealing with spyware and viruses because your "basic
software" (OS) is being targeted by miscreants? Linux like Android
could still be attacked but this is a probability question. One
still needs protection on a Linux system.
Nothing is "free". There are ONE-TIME (fixed) "costs" in terms of
personal time investment associated with adopting Xubuntu for a new
* During the migration, stored data must be backed up from Windows and
restored to the new Linux system.
* Learn a new desktop and set of programs. Essentially, learn how to
go find things one uses and operate, in general, in a different
manner. Change is always a pain. Intelligence and curiosity
helps. People locked into habits will probably not succeed.
Potential large hurdles:
* Gamers and XBox owners. I said "potential". If this is a teenager,
you can try to sell them about the rebellious open source
* Migration of Microsoft Office to LibreOffice - Fortunately, the
Microsoft Word-documents, Powerpoint-presentations, and
Excel-spreadsheets are normally converted without too many issues;
some will probably require some manual cleaning up. The big
obstacle here is the Visio drawing tool. There isn't a way that I
could find to convert their drawings to be imported by `dia` or
other Linux drawing tools. Mine too.
* Outlook mail/calendar/etc. - I converted myself a long time ago by
doing a lot of Windows and Linux programming which effectively moved
me from Outlook to Yahoo almost-equivalents. I don't recommend this
approach. This is probably an individual by individual solution,
assuming there is one for a given individual (no other stumbling
* Photoshop to The Gimp? Photoshop is very complex to operate and so
is the Gimp. I could not find a way to migrate one artist (my
daughter) from Windows to Linux because of this single issue (she is
already a Firefox and LibreOffice user). I don't think she is
unusual in her disdain for large-scale change of habits.
I was lucky. The only complex user was myself. Others said "I don't
need the files that much" or they converted them to PDF and manually
re-entered the files in question. Everyone that I have converted said
it was worth the effort because Linux is an excellent financial deal.
All have gained a new respect for open source in general. Me too.
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