John Beetem said:
I think it's finally turning around now that GNU/Linux has evolved to the point where it's usable by non-experts. I'm hopeful that RasPi will help accelerate this situation.
I personally found it rather heartening a couple of years ago when my parents came to me one and asked for some help switching to Linux instead, because they'd finally gotten sick of having to fix (or have fixed) their Microsoft Windows installation through no fault of their own (they kept it up-to-date and never did stupid things with it) - they asked for Kubuntu, specifically, by name, even. There was no prompting on my part - they just got fed up to the back teeth of dealing with Microsoft Windows (just noting this because quite often when someone relates a story like this, for some reason someone will pop up and claim you're some sort of zealot and bullied people into switching).
In the time since, I've not had to help them out with their computer at all (this was always a bit frustrating for me, as I don't use Microsoft Windows, and have never gotten on very well with it - I've personally always found it incredibly difficult and counterintuitive to use, and was glad to be rid of it once I switched to Mac OS X and later to Linux), and they've now distro-hopped more times than I have.