If you didn't already know, I am in the computer repair business. Normally, people come in with either PCs or Macs, and request repairs that are really rather simple. Occasionally, I'm called on to do large installations, or set up servers, but that's rare. What's even more rare is having a Linux client. I did just happen to get one though. The first I've ever had.
A gentleman in his late 50s came through the door to the shop. He soberly told me that his laptop (a Gateway MX3228) wasn't booting. He turned it on that morning, and it just refused to cooperate. As luck would have it, he was running Windows XP, which tells me that he likely had a registry error that was preventing the system from booting. This would mean inserting the Windows XP Pro cd, and booting to the recovery console. A switch of the software hive, and we're in business. I told him I would have the machine ready in two hours, but then he asked something that really shocked me. He asked if I knew anything about Linux.
He had been listening to Clark Howard, and Clark had mentioned Linux on his show. This peaked the man's interest. His thought was "if I can run my computer without Microsoft's products, that's what I want to do." I then had the pleasure of telling him that I am both the Linux and Macintosh departments of the business. I proceeded to tell the man what the differences are and he became even more thrilled. No viruses? Really? No cost, really? Over 10,000 programs free for download? Oh boy! So, I pulled out the Mandriva 2010 disc, and went to town. In one hour, he was ready to go. He has told many people about the system, and the phone doesn't seem to stop ringing. Awesome for me, and for my boss. Their revenues saw a slight rise, and I now have some reasonable job security. How cool is that?