The summary was so infuriating that I actually clicked through and found an interesting article.
Much more of this meaningless bullshit in my RSS reader though and I'll dump Slashdot out and go back to not visiting the website for years at a time.
Darknets are a concern. What is the link with the Deep Web? The only connection seems to be that they're both unindexed by search engines.
I thought the article might get to the point by the last page, but it was still talking about child protection and terrorism (in company databases???)
I had wondered whether this confusion was down to an incautious academic, but the doesn't seem to suggest it: http://ai.arizona.edu/research/terror/
"Having at last gotten Linux to run satisfactorily on my own PCs" - so you struggled and you want to foist it on others?
Leave them using Windows. Hell, be nice and buy them Windows 7!
Either that or get them a pretty looking distro (Ubuntu) and some unsupported hardware and have them build a driver from source, or better still recompile a kernel, then offer 'stick with this or go back to Windows'.
Tl:dr: Ubuntu... for two weeks until they get pissed off and hate you for it
You don't need to get your friends to join Google Mail to send them messages from Google Mail.
If you'd actually read and considered the OP, instead of jumping into the discussion with sarcastic comments, you might have understood this.