This girl L33F3R is fucking, switched to linux (ubuntu) last year because she got fed up with windows. She aint the brightest cookie in the jar tbh. She loves it. The only thing shes disappointed in is not being able to properly play java games on Facebook. Problem is that shes using the supplied proprietary drivers and not the free ones for her older ATI card. She doesnt know how to change it and shes not worth my time.
But hey, if this cokehead can discover linux all on her own, i extremely doubt there is much of a problem with acknowledgment of the existence of linux.
I do notice several misconceptions about linux. A buddy of mine, former web designer, tried to tell me what linux was. Apparently linux is an operating system, just like windows, and can get all the same viruses. its not any more secure and its slower, According to him (he had no idea iv been using it half my life).
So i think education is at large, missing.
Food for thought.