Estimates I have seen show that Linux is on less than 2% of desktops. To have more users Linux has to be approachable for someone coming from Windows.
- Beginner -- OK
- Noob -- What's that?
- Windows User -- I just want to click Next -> Next -> Next -> Next and end up with random toolbars in my browser.
From what I read, and have experienced, noobies, musicians, composers, producers, and mastering engineers
just want to click Next -> Next -> Next -> Next and end up with a stable, full featured, and easily expandable
computer enhanced workflow.
Regardless of which OS is used, a superiority complex doesn't make music.
Doesn't build community, and in the case of linux users, can help isolate us,
rather than increase our numbers.
And within the linux musician community, there are enormous divisions,
competing factions, and easily bruisable egos, so there is no unified position
from which one can easily promote linux as a viable alternative to the
products used by the majority of computer enhanced musicians using
some version(s) of windoze or 0Sex ...oops, see how easy the insults flow?
Linux can be cheerfully promoted in many places where vendors are desired,
trade shows, town festivals, music festivals, farmers and specialist markets,
school or business promotional events, computer hobbyist shows,
and locally among friends and aquaintences.
Bootable usbsticks and CD/DvD's with a note covering launching them,
is something not available for windows and mac users to hand out.
Keep an ear to the wind, for users with severe problems leaving their
computer un-usable, and there are bored young people by the gazillions
who think a vst is what you got on a very bad friday night,
and whose main allegiance is to their phone rather than some desktop computer OS.
let alone exploring artistic potential with one.
Being friendly and helpful is the way forward, regardless of the numbers or results.