I usually don't preach to Windows users, I just kinda do my thing. However, the other day I was sitting in the cafeteria talking to an old friend. He still uses eComStation (OS/2), so obviously doesn't take to change very easily. Still, Bill's pretty open-minded so I thought I'd show him my laptop. Demonstrating VL Light was easy enough, but I got the impression that using the command line was not preferred. Fair enough. I also have Ubuntu loaded on a partition (another friend dumped XP for Jaunty, and since I'm his help desk, I keep a copy of it). Figuring the simplified interface would be more attractive, I fired it up, showed him Kompiz and all the bling. So far so good. My buddy uses Seamonkey in OS/2, so he would like to see it in action. Great, an opportunity to show him the package manager. Well.. the dang thing kept dropping the wireless connection (no such problem with VL, btw). After several tries we managed to get it installed. Launch, and what do you know, a warning pops up telling us our version was outdated. Two versions behind, actually. There was a link right there to download the newer version, so of course Bill clicked it. Again, several wifi restarts later, we had the whole .tar.gz file. Before I could explain, Bill double-clicked on the appropriate line in the download manager. Home folder opened up... interesting. Oh well, I now had to go into the whole thing about different package formats. And the fact that what we had was just a compressed archive with generic pre-compiled binaries. Here comes the command line again. It wouldn't install of course. It wanted the older libstdc v5 rather than the installed version 6. Installed that, got it running (again from command line, because no menu entry got installed). The glazed look on Bill's face told me it was time to quit. No sale.
If I'm gonna try to push Linux, I need to stick to what I am used to. Maybe keep a VL partition with KDE installed. I could put together and rehearse a little demo with pre-tested applications and procedures.
Or I can just kinda keep on doing my thing.