There's a new outlet for PCWorld, Currys and Dixons near us in Chester. It does all manner of electrical goods at knock down prices. I decided to have a look see since I had a spare half hour before hospital visiting.
The shop's PC section had a ton of components and I was having a look at the PC towers, hoping for a barebones package since I was looking to replace my desktop at some point. I wasn't hopeful and when I saw the number of Windows PCs, I had a feeling I was going to be out of luck.
Next thing I knew I was targeted by the sales rep - a guy in his mid 20s. He asked what I was after and I let him know I wanted a system that I could build on without having to fork out for windows. I knew mentioning Linux was a mistake since I had to leave for the hospital in 5 minutes.
"You don't want Lie-nux, it's cr*p!" he spouted. "We had a netbook with that and no-one got it to do anything!" So I defended the side and got him to tell me what was wrong.
"You can't use MSN or Skype". I told him I had access to MSN and AIM and Facebook chat through Empathy, or Pidgin if I wanted. And I use skype every week.
"Yeah, but my machine runs windows 7 faster." When I enquired, it seems he was comparing a netbook with linux to his tripped out 8GB DDR3 desktop with a GB graphics card etc.
I told him that my PC dual boots and that my Ubuntu desktop is far faster than Win7 or XP on it. And that's with full Gnome. Under LXDE, it rips the snot out of it. Plus my Win7 setup crashes at least twice every time I use it. And I'm sick of malware and paying for software. I told him my whole PC budget would be blown on software if I went with windows.
He sneered about paying for AVG on linux. When I told him I don't bother with AVG as there were far better on linux, not that it was necessary since windows has something like 3000 viruses for every one linux has.
He replied with something like "ah, but every system has it's vulnerabilities..." I told him about the article a couple of years ago pitting Vista against OSX against Ubuntu at a hacking competition. And I beamed when I told him just how his favourite OS fared there.
He told me his tech guys wouldn't touch Linux and "they are fully trained". He didn't like it when I asked "By monkeys?"
I could go on, but I have to say for every argument he came up with, I owned him!
I love messing with the under-trained. Imagine how he'd fare up against someone who scores more than 4 / 20 on the linux IQ test!