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The key to getting more Windows users to switch to Linux
Written by Gizmo   
Thursday, 21 June 2007 22:37

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes at ZDNet comments:

Over the weekend I came to the conclusion that the reason why more Windows users aren’t switching to Linux is the shortage of good information out there on the web for Linux newbies.  If there are sites hosting good information out there, they sure aren’t appearing on the first couple of Google results pages.

Read the full blog entry at ZDNet:

For well over a decade now I’ve been in a position where I’ve come into contact with tens of thousands of average/regular PC users.  These are people who own a PC and can use it for things like surfing the web, playing a few games and creating and printing out documents.  An interesting thing that I’ve noticed over the years is that one key skill that separates the average user from power users is the individual’s ability to find the information that they are looking for.  Power users know their way around search engines, regular users don’t.  While power users will search until they find what they are looking for, average users try a couple of keywords before giving up.

It’s time to realize that not everyone with a PC has grown up inside the “Linux Skinner box” (there are plenty of other Skinner boxes to choose) and people need accessible information to come to a decision that suits them.  So, the Linux community needs work harder to get more quality information related to Linux into Google.  Get that information up onto the web and into the search engines and more users will follow.

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