Originally Posted by wintert
I forgot to turn on all those integrated stuff.
Boy do I know that feeling...
Someone asked me: What is the added value that I can get from Linux?
The truth, I didn't know what to answer.
Before I get drowned out in groans, any discussion on features will end up going against you. Not because gnu/linux does not have great features, but because the discussion will always be driven from the proprietary perspective.
They will always be able to point to some feature of their favorite proprietary system which they can claim that linux does not have a "suitable" replacement for.
It doesn't matter that you can achieved the same ends by another path.
The visual studio environment is a case in point.
You can say that linux has "real" development environments.
But the one thing that the proprietary crowd cannot beat you on is the freedom built in. Point out that you have access to the full development kit for free. Ask if they can edit their kernel source code.
Point out that gnu/linux does not get monitored by the vendor, that you can give away copies to anyone who wants one and it is legal, that you won't risk getting your system shut down because redmond cannot authenticate your license.
More on the philosophy of free software:
More on selling gnu/linux
Don't get caught out again