There was a party at my house this evening and besides the warm/fuzzy familial stuff, two people were introduced to GNU/Linux. One wanted to check FaceBook and the other wanted to know more. All I had to do was boot the machine for the first and write URIs for Distrowatch and Debian GNU/Linux for the other. A few questions were asked and answered to get the ball rolling. It was a good end to the evening.
Clearly, those who claim ordinary folk are not ready for GNU/Linux or GNU/Linux is not ready for ordinary folk are out to lunch. Neither party, although they don’t ever remember hearing of GNU/Linux had any difficulty grasping the concept of free software that is Free Software. Sharing is something people understand. It’s a GUI folks. The first person had only to point and click, read and type, more or less the same as they usually do. The second person understood that the world can make its own software without help from M$ and the world could share software freely.
An unintended consequence of the party was that a visitor left a child seat in the back of my car and when they did so, they left the light on discharging the battery overnight. A couple of minutes on the welding machine fixed that… I set it on the lowest range, 30A DC, and made contact with the ground clamp and a welding rod. About two minutes allowed the engine to start. Darn hybrids have such small auxiliary batteries…