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See where people are using Linspire around the world
A few weeks ago we kicked off our Lraiser program. The website is loaded with amazing graphics that visually demonstrate where desktop Linux is taking root around the globe every day/week/month. These maps show evidence of THOUSANDS of new desktop Linux users "lighting up" every single week! We made this data public for analysts and computer pundits who don't believe that desktop Linux is happening. They have a tendency to focus on only big enterprises, when the reality is that every new trend in technology starts at the opposite end of the spectrum - with the small guys. Big enterprises are the LAST to generally embrace a new tech trend like Linux servers, WiFi, even the PC itself. The real action today with desktop Linux is occurring with retailers, individuals, and small- to medium-sized businesses, and none have more action than Linspire. lists more than 800 people who have signed up to "raise some L." Each person has committed to help educate the world about Linspire by either helping another person begin using Linspire as their full-time desktop, or by showing Linspire to 5 people and giving them each a LinspireLive! CD (which allows you to run Linspire from CD to evaluate it from any PC without changing anything on the hard disk). Anyone can get LinspireLive! for free to try out by downloading it here. We're also making a special offer for anyone who doesn't want to bother downloading and burning their own CD -- for a limited time you can get the Lraiser Starter Kit for just $22.22, including a copy of Linspire 4.5 and 5 copies of LinspireLive!, so no matter which program you choose for raising some L, the Lraiser Starter Kit will meet your needs.

I signed up a bit late to become an Lraiser and I was in slot #697, but I moved up to the top 25 since I sent in my certification information. If the Lraiser has a flame icon next to them, that means they have submitted an email and photo of their Lraising experience. It's fascinating to view photos of the people that Lraisers touch, and to read the stories about how Linspire is filling a need.

See my photo and story along with those from other Lraisers
I helped my wife's mother, Audra, get up and running with Linspire to earn my flame. I installed the latest Linspire on her laptop and then upgraded to the latest Internet Suite with a single mouse-click. I also gave her Lsongs, Lphoto, and the awesome wallpaper pack. She mainly spends time emailing and Googling so it was great showing her tabbed browsing, Hot Words, and in-line spell checking -- all features that will improve her online productivity. You may think that anyone who would turn their mother-in-law loose with a Linux computer must truly be "certifiable," but I feel quite the opposite. My mother-in-law can now control popups and spam, and she doesn't have to worry about viruses, spyware or adware anymore, which makes me sleep better at night. Even training her on all the wonderful features of desktop Linux was a snap by simply pointing her to Linspire's Audio Assist Tutorials which walked her through step-by-step.

Desktop Linux is now at the organic stage, spreading person to person -- and Lraisers are making it happen. I hope you'll take a moment to read some of the success stories, then sign up to raise some L by becoming an Lraiser too. At a later date I'll report back on some of the best certification stories from around the globe.

-- Michael
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