I have seen a influx lately of people who use Ubuntu or have talked about their plans to use it. Whenever I hear this I will ask them why they want to use Ubuntu so I can know what people’s motives actually are for using Ubuntu. Often the response i hear is not a response I particularity like. It is usually to the effect of “well my windows system is getting a little old so I think I’ll breathe new life into my old laptop with Linux. Linux to them is the thing that makes their old windows laptop last a few more years. though this is true what I find happening is people will after these couple years are up, buy a new laptop and do the same cycle all over again; use Windows until their system gets a little sluggish or breaks then install Linux on to it. My friends, I do not see this as always good for Linux and the community behind it. The user who install Linux on their system to breathe new life into it is going to get new life but not realize that Linux is great for more then just that.
I am going to assume that the average person reading this loves Linux and Ubuntu Linux just as much as me and would install it on every system they own. However the problem with this is I am not sure the average user currently of Ubuntu is just that. They install Ubuntu on there older systems because they might just not want to take the time to fix a windows issue, or whatever issue they have and think “I’ll install Linux, It will fix my problems.” Well, yes it will fix your temporary problem. however if all you are doing is using Ubuntu as a workaround or medicine for your Windows problem only to go back to Windows when you have the first jump to do so, you are not understanding what the point of Ubuntu is and what is does.
This problem can often be attributed to people being used to using the applications windows uses and not what Ubuntu provides.They would rather use those and possibly then only use Ubuntu till they can go back and use the other “mainstream” apps. they see Ubuntu and all its un-known aps and though they use it, they do not know much about them. Libre or open office is a great example. people will use that for many reasons. and one is because of the cost factor. what a great reason. but if your mindset is going to be that i use OpenOffice because it is free and therefor you think MS Office is better and jump at the chance to get a free un-used serial code from a friend you are not grasping they point of the software you were using.
This is not really their fault however. Perhaps it is just public opinion or something of the like. Though we all know Ubuntu is not a second class operating system, the rest of the world does not. We need to continue and find ways to get Ubuntu to think this and prove it is the best system around. The real Questions we need to be asking this is how can we shape and reform public opinion of a product through different avenues. These users need to continue to be told that Ubuntu is the system they need.