Yes it sounds like a strange, socially, unacceptable drug habit. What! You are an Ubuntu User – better keep that a secret! And if you do meet another ‘User’ better keep it hush hush.
You are probably thinking that would never happen!
A lovely young women comes up to my marketing booth at the Farmer’s Market and asks, ‘Ubuntu. What is it?’ I give her the pitch and we converse for a bit. I notice a few feet behind is her male partner trying to look interested in the next booth. The women looks over her shoulder and calls her partner over to our booth saying, ‘This is SO interesting come and look at this.’ He comes over slowly and says, ‘Oh, Ubuntu – I know what this is.’ I ask him, ‘Are you currently using it?’ He responds, ‘Yes, its on my computer at home.’ Suddenly his partner jumps in and asks, ‘What? Which computer at home?’ He nonchalantly says, ‘Oh, its the one in the office you don’t need to use it.’ I say to him, ‘You really should share Ubuntu with her.’ He says, ‘No, no, its just for work,’ and turns to his partner and says, ‘It’s just for work you are not going to be interested in it.’ Then grabs her hand and pulls her away from the booth. She leaves reluctantly looking completely baffled and confused.
I just stood there stunned, shocked, and at a lost for words. I really couldn’t understand why he would keep that a secret from his partner? Why would he decide that its not for her?
This true story reflects the statistics polled in the Ubuntu Vancouver LoCo. We asked our members this question.
Of Your Friends and Family How Many are Using Ubuntu?
0 friend – 53%
1 friend – 28%
2 friends – 10%
3 friends – 9%
Note: Poll your local! Ask them the same question and send in your results! I would interested in finding out if this is norm.
How many of my friends and family are using Ubuntu? 4. Above average, but I think its still something I need to work on improving as well.
I’m trying to figure out why so many people who are using Ubuntu feel that they can’t share it with those closest to them.
Is Ubuntu too complex or too hard to use?
Are you afraid you’ll become their personal IT help person?
Are your friends and family resistant to changing because its scary and new?
Is Ubuntu like a strange, socially unacceptable drug habit?
Time for some action! This week I challenge you to show ONE friend or family member Ubuntu. Let them touch your system. Let them play with it. Don’t go crazy trying to teach them everything. In fact don’t say a word in the beginning. Just turn it on and let them explore and experience Ubuntu. Sit and wait, the questions will come.
The key word in this challenge is SHOW! Yes its free, Yes its easy to install but I want to make this challenge one that everyone of every level can do and feel they won’t be technically burden. Start by giving UBUNTU TEST DRIVES on your system. I’ll be participating as well. I look forward to your comments on how your test drives with friends and family went. 😀