Why wouldn't I want other people to share in the good stuff? Well...
- People cannot deal with change. Most folks I know locally began with Windows XP. They coped more or less with Windows 7, were thrown for a loop by Windows 8 and are slowly starting to understand Windows 10 - although they probably don't know about the privacy and update issues. They still use Internet Explorer and Windows Live Mail by and large along with whatever other 2003 era Microsoft programs they own. How can they be expected to deal with GNOME or Xfce?
- People cannot deal with the fact that Linux is free. They's rather go to Apple as an alternative and pay more. I guess that makes them feel safer. Too good to be true, they say.
- Sadly many folks I know are too dumb to use any sort of computer and the only one they know of is Windows. They'll screw up no matter what.
- If I do convince someone to try Linux, I have to do the install and provide lifetime technical support. They wouldn't expect this from a Windows machine but Linux..that's different.
- They'll always come up with one strange program they have to have that is Windows only. My personal bete noire is Adobe Digital Editions.
- People always want new hardware. Linux does best to repurpose older stuff. They'd rather have a cheap laptop that boots Windows 10 in two minutes than their old desktop with Linux Mint that runs like a champion. Go figure. My neighbor had a really slow, underpowered Atom based netbook that ran Windows 7 Starter like a dog. He bought an i5 laptop and gave me the old machine which rocks Arch Linux now. I could have done that for him but he didn't trust the process.
- Folks think if it doesn't come pre-installed by an OEM it's not worth having. You can't buy a Linux based machine anywhere locally and even if you could it wouldn't look like Windows 7.
This is the other side of the Linux coin for sure. A great operating system for those who'll invest the time - but so very few people will.