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Introducing Open Source to the World - Part 2

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| One of the biggest things I've seen that powers the resistance of people to
| using Linux is the desire to stick with what's familiar. We are a people who
| naturally do not like to change, and thus we tend to resist it whenever
| possible, except at times when change is necessary. That's covered in more
| detail in another article, so I'll leave it at that here.
| Given that we're naturally inclined to stick with the familiar, we have to
| understand this fact and act accordingly when convincing someone to switch to
| Linux (or BSD, depending on the individual). One of the first things I've
| learned is never throw Linux on someone's machine and then just walk away.
| Especially if it's someone who's just switching from Windows due to major
| viruses or other issues common to Windows.


10 reasons for switching to a different Linux distribution

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| You’ve been using the same Linux distribution for years now, but something
| has been eating at the back of your brain… some zombie process trying to tell
| you to switch to a different flavor of your favorite open source operating
| system. You can’t put your finger on it, but it’s there. Some users settle on
| the first distribution they find and never leave it. Others seem to switch
| distributions as often as they switch desktop wallpaper. But most Linux users
| go through one (or two or three) distributions before they finally settle on
| that one that perfectly fits the bill. That’s where this article comes in:
| How do you know when you’re ready to switch to a different distribution?


Windows has no 'flavours'. How boring a life it must be.


More distros = more choice

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| With more than 300 active distributions (distros), Linux is on a roll. Linux
| distros primarily differ in terms of features since they are built on
| variants of the same kernel (32-bit/64-bit; with various features of the
| kernel enabled or disabled). “All the Linux distributions come from the same
| upstream kernel and what distinguishes each distribution is how they provide
| support, get ISVs to certify the ISV applications on the specific
| distribution, and how IHVs (Independent Hardware Vendor) get to do the same,”
| feels Nandu Pradhan, President & Managing Director, Red Hat India. * * * *

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