... about recommending Linux, much as I love it. The reason: those that might be interested actually want Windows without the hassles. IOW, they want Windows without Windows. They want a better Windows. But still Windows.
They would be the first to whinge about having to copy and paste something into terminal. The would prefer downloading and running and .exe or .msi. These are metaphors they finally 'get'... they're not about to learn something totally new, even if it is more robust.
I have talked to people about Linux when they complain to me about how "this is the seventh time my PC has gone in to service to have a virus removed" (and blame the kids). When I tell them I don't run AV software, they look shocked. But I also tell them I generally don't use admin privileges except for specific tasks... and they start to look bored. I generally lose them when I tell them I full-stop never log in as root.
And the Linux discussion ends on a quiet fade-out... they see me as an egghead - something they have no desire to be - not realising that by not having set up user accounts in Windows they have taken the first step towards letting the nasties in. And of course, the service centre is just going to pocket the money: Windows and ignorant users who wish not to be bothered to learn an OS properly - any OS - is licence to print money.
So, condition of wanting to move *up* to Linux: master your Windows system first. Then, we'll talk.
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