[Chugalug] Another switcher from Windows to Linux

Phil Shapiro pshapiro at his.com
Tue Oct 1 15:50:45 UTC 2013

A longtime Windows geek friend of mine told me this morning that his middle school son's three year old Windows laptop was acting sluggish and the son was begging his dad for a new laptop. Dad, wanting to foster independence with his son, said, "Why don't you try installing Ubuntu Linux and see if that makes your laptop more responsive." 

The kid (a middle school student) installed Ubuntu Linux on his own and now loves his laptop. Dad was going to help him dual-boot Windows and Linux, but the kid said he'd prefer to install Linux only on the laptop. 

Now the two younger siblings in the family are begging to install Linux on their laptops. The middle school son has created bootable USB drives for his young siblings for now. It's only a matter of time before the young one's say: "No more bootable USB drives for me." 

Anyway, just wanted to share this story. I just wasn't expecting to hear such a story from my friend. My response? Your kids will now have something in common with the smartest tech geeks at their school - who invariably use Linux. They'll also be well equipped to dive head first into the maker movement at any makerspace. My friend's response to me: "You're right." 



Phil Shapiro, pshapiro at his.com 

"Wisdom begins with wonder." - Socrates 
"Learning happens thru gentleness." 

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