How to convert non-techies to Linux.
Linux has come a long way and today it is ready to be used by non technical users as well. A lot of individuals are not happy with Windows and are looking for an alternative. The problem is that because these users are not very interested in computers, they are not aware of Linux as an alternative. These people are also a little skeptical and nervous when they are going to change their computer OS to something new. They are worried that they will not know how to use it and that it will be too difficult to learn. There are some drawbacks to Linux and it is important that you let the user know. However, Linux is ready for the mass market and for the non technical users.
To start off you need to choose a distribution that is easy to use for a newcomer. If you choose a very difficult one that needs a lot of tweaking and setting up, they will get disappointed. This can lead them to believe that Linux is bad but really they have been exposed to a wrong distribution that is not geared towards their needs. Mint Linux, Fedora and Ubuntu are a good choice for new non technical users. Personally, I prefer Ubuntu but it is up to you to decide what they will benefit from.
The good thing about these distributions is that they already come pre-installed with important software.