View Full Version : Need to give a presentation on the benefits of Linux

31st January 2007, 10:50 PM
I am on a committee of a national organization called Associated General Contractors. Our committee is called the Electronic Information Systems committee (http://www.agc.org/page.ww?section=Technology&name=Electronic+Information+Systems+Committee) and we are getting ready to have our annual meeting.

As background, I am the MIS person for our company. For the last year +- I have been learning to use Linux. I started with Fedora FC4 then went to FC5 and now FC6. I use it on my personal laptop and have probably installed it twenty times and I am sort of getting the hang of it (sort of being the operative word). I know there are other flavors of Linux but have never used them (not enough time in the day). I have read everything I can get my hands on on Linux and really enjoy using it. I have deployed it to one jobsite as sort of a beta test site. The interesting thing there is that the guy had never really used a computer and had no preconceived notion of "that's not the way Windows does it" and the test has been great.

I have to give a brief presentation this Saturday on Linux to my fellow committee members. There are so many resources I am not sure where to start. Would any of y'all have any suggestions? My thoughts are to sort of outline what it is, how many people use it, the issues surrounding the windows fear factor etc. I don't want to get too deep but I'd like to wake up more people to the virtues of the product.

Any help any of you could provide would be welcome and deeply appreciated!

Parks Construction

31st January 2007, 11:18 PM
If by "presentation" you intend to use a computer (say a powerpoint type thing) by all means use one running Linux. Don't point it out ahead of time, just use it and only make a note of it when you're done. If it's not that type of presentation ignore everything I said :-)

1st February 2007, 12:09 AM
Minor suggestion, but I wouldn't take the 'fanboy' approach and downplay Windows too much. Since the majority of the people may only have been exposed to Windows and used to it, negative statements may be resented. Low or free cost, stability, security and the ability to work with existing systems may be good points.