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Ubuntu’s Best Hope: Convert the Kids

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When it comes to Ubuntu, we have the flash, we have the solid operating system, we have major suppliers — but now we need even more users. Are those users going to come because of Dell or Hewlett-Packard offering Ubuntu pre-loads? Nope. Here’s what Ubuntu (and Kubuntu) really need to go mainstream.

The answer, of course, is an audience that is used to the operating system and is not scared of change. Windows users are ingrained in their world and generally fear change. Mac OS X users are a little more open to change, but are often stuck in the ‘Apple is God’ mindset.

So, whom do we convert? The simple answer: Children.

The Kids Are All Right

Hear me out. Kids are extremely open to change, love the flashiness of the rotating cube/snowfall, and have possibly not been induced to brand loyalty on personal computers yet. As a bonus, Linux can offer everything children need for school in a completely free way (OpenOffice, games, Internet access).

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