Jul 10, 2010

Is there a way to create a viable Business Model installing and supporting Desktop Ubuntu?


It's no secret that I love Linux. I like using it, I like finding new things about it, and that I'd like to know that more people are using it. Comfortably, Reliably, and with support.  And It's not a secret that I like Ubuntu.  But how do I find the people that WANT it, how do people know that they might WANT it. - I had a chance to talk to my Landlady, a smart and intelligent person, but she's not into being a geek. My Wife's not a Geek either.  Both of these lady's want to be able to use their computers, and then get on with their lives. The landlady is accustomed to the MS stuff, and that she needed to purchase MS Office products in order to do things. Her daughters school has Microsoft Office products on their machines, so, like many parents, she felt compelled to get a product (spend money) to create PowerPoint presentations. 

Here's what I'm thinking. And if you're reading this, I'd like your input and suggestions. I'm thinking Craigslist. Putting and ad up in Craigslist that I'll install Ubuntu one someone's machine. I'll get it tweak and setup proper, import their settings, if need be, and / or set the machine up to dual boot if they'd like. 

Q: What to charge? 

Q: What levels to charge for the time? 

Q: Get them hooked up with the paid Ubuntu Support site? 

Q: How much time would the average install take? - Provide links for tutorial videos?

Currently, I'm making my money as a trucker. Not a geek riddled world, or at least, not my end of it, being behind the wheel.  I'd like that to change, but maybe that can and will change with time. If it's meant to be. 

I don't know what my daily schedule is the night before most of the time. - That makes my life...  interesting.  I can request certain times and days for things, ahead of time, but that's not always do-able. 

In any case, thanks for your time, and input.


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