I do advocate GNU/Linux, but only where need be. I will not walk into a windows shop and tell them that they need GNU/Linux on their servers, especially if they already have a functioning back end. The pain of migrating data across very dissimilar OS's is not something I would recommend anyone.
The places where I do promote GNU/Linux is places where it seems logical. Workstations, thin clients and specific application servers are ideal. Home users? Well, depends on the user. I got my sister to convert over to GNU/Linux because she loves technology and wants to learn more and also had the last straw with Windows. Another friend of mine will be using GNU/Linux too, only because her Windows laptop no longer works, it needs to get wiped clean and what better to wipe it with than with something that won't get bogged down by malware.
However, the die hard gamers, I will not preach to about GNU/Linux. Instead, I preach about open source/freesoftware games. Showing them games like Nexuiz and mentioning "Oh, yeah, you like Quake 3 Arena? Nexuiz was made from the Quake 3 Engine." And I try to get them to understand that video games are just entertainment and that you don't need to submit to the marketing campaigns to find entertainment.
I chosen the 2nd option as I don't think I'm really good at advocacy.
I voted "Other" as I a more or less in the position of sakuramboo, being mostly a user, but also promoting Linux here and there, but not full force forward being armed with the Sledgehammer of Freedom (TM) smashing all the windows I can find.
I prefer some sort of "gentle persuasion" by pointing out that Linux can, for many people, do what Windows does for them.
As some of you may know my wife has an Acer Aspire One with Linux (Linpus Lite, which is based on Fedora .
It can do everything she needs it to do, and more.
When my mom visited us a few months ago she's seen my wife's cute, little notebook and started thinking about it.
At first she was thinking about the Windows-version, as she's never really touched Linux before and is quite comfortable using Windows, although she also sometimes has her troubles with it.
Well, after she returned to Germany she sent me a mail telling me that finally she decided to get one of those small things, and it's the Linux-version too.
I don't know what model she has, and what distro it runs, but I guess having been forced to use Linux for her stuff (web-browsing, email, stuff like that) while being here (as my PC was down during that time, and my notebook only has Linux, as has my wife's) may have influenced the decision to buy the Linux-version, as it surely showed her that Linux now is a really usable system and not the geek-system she had a glance on when I started with Linux back in '99.
It almost sounds like being no more than a user still doesn't mean you aren't being influential towards other people considering it. Might be a natural thing.
I'm actually considering saying I'm just a user at this point, despite running this site.. If I've got some enthusiasm for it, that doesn't necessarily have to coincide with all out advocacy. I think people can use this and other GNU/Linux related sites regardless of being advocates or big enthusiasts or not. Perhaps making the implicit barrier to entry so low, actually, is one way to help encourage people to give it a try. It's almost like saying.. "we're not pushing anymore, there's no obligations, everybody's welcome, come and enjoy it".
Well I guess that's where I stand.. I think I'll vote other.
I think that every satisfied Linux-user sooner or later will "turn into a small advocate", especially if friends and/or family-members somehow have access to the Linux-box of said user.
As I explained in my post my mom was forced to use Linux when she visited us. That way she could see that it offers everything she needs, that it looks nice and that it works nicely.
She really didn't have any problems using it. Aside from that, after she mentioned thinking about getting one of those small notebooks herself, I told her a few things, including the info about being more protected from malware coming into your system (although she of course has quite good Internet practice and doesn't even open mails from people she doesn't know) and I guess that finally made her get the Linux-version of whatever small notebook she purchased.
My wife and the kids also are exposed to Linux. Although there is Windows on my PC it is not the default boot option, and I believe that they don't even know how to boot it, as I didn't tell them (there simply was no necessity to tell them, not that I try to hide Windows from them).
And since my wife has that little Acer with Linux it's even more exposure.
Everybody in my family is quite happy using Linux, except that sometimes the kids complain that the free games they pick up here and there don't work (although they might with Wine).
That's one way to advocate Linux, in my opinion. Simply "forcing" it upon your relatives by using it yourself as default system (as on my PC) or the only system (as on my notebook).