Even though Ubuntu is beginning to make it’s way into the mainstream of all operating systems, I still meet people who don’t know what Linux is about. It is not a matter of how smart that particular person is, it is just that they may not have been in contact with anyone who uses Linux.
It is at this point that it should be our duty to ensure that they are not mislead in how it works. If they look up Linux in their search engine and find some misleading articles, this could be a problem when we (the Linux users) try to educate them later.
Ubuntu has, project status-ly speaking, is showing great innovation when it comes to Linux, and also having a complete system ecosystem with Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu, Xubuntu, (soon) Gobuntu, and Ubuntu Mobile Edition (after talking w/ some of the members on the team, I learned that the official device will come in 2008). There is something for everyone, and with that in mind, showing people that they do have a choice:
– Ubuntu for average/new users
– Kubuntu for power users
– Xubuntu for older computers
– Edubuntu for children
– Gobuntu for the GNU conscious
– Ubuntu Mobile Edition for Intel-based devices (extension of Celeron, not ARM)
There are common misleading articles out in the web giving misleading information. The best article I have seen debunking the most common ones is available here:
This article is a great read, and I am sure you will enjoy it since many of you probably passed over articles that have said stuff like: Linux is not free, You have to use the command line often, etc. The article was written by Michael Jordan over at Linux.org.