Saturday, November 21, 2009

F.A.Q. -- The Evangelists

Why did you create this blog?

Quite simply, to convince people to switch to Ubuntu from their current operating system and to assist them as they get comfortable with the new software.


Why would you do such a thing?

We have great faith in the Ubuntu project, in the Ubuntu philosophy and in it's potential to change the way people use computers. Computers should be powerful, easy to use and they should bring people together. Ubuntu is one tool towards this purpose. While there's plenty of documentation out on the web for intermediate and advanced Ubuntu users; there isn't that much out there for first-timers and there's precious little designed specifically to recruit new users. What is out there can be hard to find or to understand if you don't already know what you're doing. We're trying to help with that last part.


Do you work for Ubuntu?

None of the regular authors of this blog are affiliated with the Ubuntu Foundation or with Canonical Incorporated. We're doing this entirely on our own without any assistance or endorsement.


You're just doing this out of the goodness or your hearts?

We're doing it so that there will be more people using Ubuntu. Community developed software gets better the more people that use it. More people equals more support, more features and more opportunities. Also, none of us are developers so this is our way of contributing to the Ubuntu community. As you use Ubuntu we expect that you'll find yourself wanting to contribute in some way, just as we have, whether by recruiting more users, writing documentation, giving support in the forums or by actually writing software.


Aren't you really just radical Leftists who hate corporations?

None of us are particularly corporate minded and we would really love to see Microsoft go down in flames but that's not the major reason we think you should switch to Ubuntu.

You should switch to Ubuntu because it is a superior product at a better price. Both radical leftists and hardcore capitalists, when confronted with the choice between an inferior, expensive product and a superior, free product can agree on which is the right choice.


You said that you're not developers, how can I be sure you know what you're talking about?

First, you shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition, second we learned Ubuntu exactly the same way that you're going to, by trying it, experimenting with it and by asking the Ubuntu community for help whenever we had trouble. No, we're not programmers but that makes us all the more prepared to help other non-programmers get comfortable with Linux without using jargon or speaking over the heads of our audience.

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