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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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