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Re: Convincing someone to switch to Linux

Svenn Are Bjerkem wrote:
On Saturday 15 March 2003 05:55, ronin2@bellatlantic.net wrote:

On Fri, 14 Mar 2003 20:06:23 -0500

"Roberto Sanchez" <sanchezr@hotmail.com> wrote:

Has anyone encountered this? How was this handled? What was the
outcome? What can I do?

Ask them if you can have the old machines.

Check out the Linux Terminal Server Project, and figure out how to use
the old machines as terminals.

If they don't want to use the hardware and your knowledge, someone else

Kevin start out right but get the wrong conclusion. Up until the last paragraph he has the right strategy.

You have to show that it work this time, then at the next crossroad they will ask to use your soulution /if/ your work has been convincing.

I think that this is excellent advice.

When you are considering a change that is this big (leaving Windows) you have to start long before the time to make the decision/upgrade arrives. Consider this battle to be simply lost.

Perhaps the best you can hope for today is to have one or two older machines converted to Linux, leaving you with mostly W95, the new W2K/WXP, and a couple Linux boxes. That will provide Linux with some exposure to the working environment. This will allow people to use these as an overflow/curiousity station rather than being forced.

If this can succeed in impressing the following:
Viral susceptability

Then you have opened the door to the concept of a Linux GUI. This is the hard part. What they see matters. You can more easily set up a Samba Server because no one sees it.

Now you are planting the seed for the next go around of using all of the old hardware (including the now old WXP) as a LTSP network for nearly free and they can spend $1,000 on a couple of Windows machines if they need to. You now have a majority Linux LTSP stations and may have "won the war" at this point.

But be careful that your passion doesn't make you appear as a zealot.
BOFH excuse #40:

not enough memory, go get system upgrade

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