GNU/Linux switchers: Who did you convert?
Did you convert anyone to GNU/Linux, like friends of family members? How did you do it and how do they like their new operating system?
This thread is about sharing those kinds of stories.
I'll start with mine, as an example.
I've pretty much switched my three sisters over. As anyone else they mainly used Windows on their computer once they got it, but I've been advocating the benefits of GNU/Linux as well as some philosophical advantages, showing it off to them, namely the ability to easily change the looks, easy burning of CDs via K3B, stability as opposed to constant crashing and easy corruption of Windows (which is actually a huge point) etc.
Today they are using GNU/Linux (currently Ubuntu Dapper) most of the time. My youngest sister is addicted to Five Or More game (go figure) and the oldest seems to have a thing for PySol. They all like the speed of burning CDs with K3B since they noticed it is actually faster than it was on Nero at Windows.
They often make some weird customizations to their desktop, changing the GNOME theme (I've installed lots of themes to choose from) and also rearranging where menus and icon launchers are displayed. I kind of like seeing them embracing the power of GNU/Linux. On Windows they never were able to have so much control over how their desktop looks, and they know it. They rarely ask for help, seems to have figured everything out by themselves, and my sister which is about to finish high school is thinking of doing a graduation project on GNU/Linux. The idea is to possibly create something cool and show it off from a GNU/Linux LiveCD as part of a presentation of her project.
They still do dual boot with Windows for specific games, but that's not often. All in all GNU/Linux lives big time in our house. Heck, even my dad uses it, though mostly just for web surfing with Firefox.
Come to think of it, just to say that they use it with satisfaction is like saying what should be the obvious thing. There are rarely any problems. It pretty much just works and doesn't get in the way, which can hardly be said for Windows BSODs.
Er.. ok, your turn.