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A teen user perspective about Linux

I had a discussion with my teen sister about the operating system based on Linux.
At first, it was about LinuxWorld. She assumed that this event would means that all people use only Linux. I added that some distros users also have a different operationg system like Windows for exemple so LinuxWorld also appeal for Windows/OSX companies interested to look at a Linux distribution.

Second was about the industries. She said most studios use Mac only aside Windows. I pointed out that a Linux distros is also used as server/workstation. Recent case is Halo movie based on videogames.

Third discussion was particulary intersesting. The use of MSN messenger. According to her, teens customized the message but it won't show on other applications like GAIM or AMSN.

Another point has about a distros. Apparently, it seems that user like my mother is afraid of change. For example, the feel of OpenOffice is different from Office 2000 or Office 2003 mostly because of her environmental work. Oddly enough, she can use Fedora Core as she knows how to shutdown the system.

Overall, it is a quite intensive debat enough to address on LinuxWorld so I can gather informations about teen users needs.


Máirín Duffy said…

I recently went to SIGGRAPH where Disney animation studios were demo-ing the software their animators use. They were using a Red Hat version of Linux with Maya. Just some food for thought since you mentioned studios using Macs and Windows only.
Anonymous said…
They get to see the front end software which sits on the designers desk doing the modeling.

They get to talk to the slow ones using windows, because the designers using Linux are out snowboarding, because they finished early :P

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