"I will start ask for Linux at my local computer store, AND at August 25th 2007 but only if 10,000 people will do the same."
Deadline to sign up by: 25th August 2007
37 people signed up, 9963 more were needed
Have you ever asked for linux compatibility in a computer store when for example, buying a printer and ask if it will work on Linux?
Unless you have been living under a rock for the past 5 years, you all know about it, Linux has been spreading rapidly on the desktop market but the reaction of vendors is simply too slow - yes there has been some work, like the nVidia driver, the n-seris opensource computers from Dell. However this isn't good enough. When you walk in to a computer store there you should simply ask the salesman and know if a device would actually work.
Anyway, the point of this pledge is to start asking for Linux compatibility at regular computer stores. This won't change anything in the near future but to get the word out there that any person could be using non-Windows computer and it is expected that the salesman at least know about the linux compatibility of the products they are selling.
This could potentially means that a linux compatible sticker is just as high demanded/expected as vista-ready stickers to be provided by Vendors in their products. (I have actually brought an ethernet card that has a Penguin on it saying it is linux-ready.)
So just ask for Linux compatibility, it doesn't cost anything. You can just ask then just go away and buy something else or you could maybe ask more questions like "when will X be linux compatible" if you feel like it. You can even go to an Apple store and in the genius bar, plug in an iPod into a Linux Laptop(MacBook or not) and ask 'where do I download iTunes?' Or call Dell and ask for a Linux(or OS-less) desktop without a floopy disk driver and modem.
Lastly, and most importantly, I like to ask you to do this at the August 25th 2007. It'll be great if computer stores all over the world, has customer coming in asking questions about linux all day. If it is just 1 person asking, your average salesman would think that guy is just a strange case... but otherwise, I think retail stores will start thinking differently, and (hopefully) start demanding more information from the vendors...
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