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7 Jun 2013

Tell people you use Linux

What is the most obvious way to tell other people you use Linux. Talk to them!

But what if there are too many people, and you can’t talk to [all of] them really… But still want to get the message "I am a Linux user" delivered? In this case, put this message on something visible. Computer sticker, mug, pen – the options are there. And, of course, with this summer season asking us to change clothes to something light, T-shirt is a nice way to promote your favourite operating system too!

Linux notes from DarkDuck helps you here. Links below lead to merchandise stores of different Linux distributions. Purchasing (and using) items from these stores, you not only promote Linux and tell other people you're a Linux man (or woman), but also help your favourite distribution: part of your purchase goes to the developers and helps them to continue their valuable work.

Of course, I have not listed all the available distributions there, just a selected few.

Also, there are items available on Amazon. Here are the links to Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk – depending on where you live. Clicking through these links and buying anything there, you help this blog.

9 comments:

  1. I have a much better advice. If you want to bother people with your OS choice - don't.

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    1. It's not necessary to be "fanboy" of the specific OS. Just spread the word "Linux" with your message, and let people decide.
      Does it sound better?

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    2. I have met people who don't even understand what Linux is, they have only heard of Windows and a little about OS X. For someone who already knows of Linux, it might not be important. But it can help spread the word to those who don't know :)

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    3. Agree! Don't push, but remind or educate.

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  2. I tell folks all the time that I use Linux when they complain about windows 8. I did the same for Windows 7.
    Many are listening now when I tell them that their smart phone runs Linux. They ask, "How do I get this Linux thing?" Then we are off to the races. Windows secure boot hurt the transition, but did not kill it.

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    1. Don't want to be too picky here, but you can also tell iOS users that their devices run BSD, and ask them to try any BSD-based operating systems. :)

      To be honest, my journey into Linux started similarly, with understanding that Android is Linux.

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  3. I do exactly that, and have since before 2000. Now I don't have to tell people, I just open my laptop and start working near people. Sooner or later there is a few people walking over asking what I am using. Even more amusing to me is when they ask what version of Windows that is. :-)

    I love the bewildered blank stare I get from time to time when I say "it's not Windows it's Linux". You can see that they have no idea of what the difference is or what that means. The concept of another OS has never crossed their mind. After a few minutes of demonstration I usually get an enthusiastic "that's neat I'll have check that out".

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  4. I like your approach @dadreggors; myself I push *nix [evangelize] too much; it often turns people off. Just having it work, smoothly & efficiently (ie. actions) will speak louder than words.

    As for stickers; just ordered some so i'll let them 'talk' instead of me; wanted some for awhile - so DarkDuck - you've pushed me to 'action' !!.

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    1. [[ sorry didn't realize this POST was so OLD - it appeared in a RSS feed as if new (or so I thought) ; didn't notice the dates till now ]]

      ps: Happy 30th GNU !

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