I was poking around the Internet while waiting for my hardware to arrive for Frankenstein, and I found the coolest computer company ever: system76.
system76 is a hardware company based out of Colorado that sells netbooks/laptops, desktops, and servers with Ubuntu preinstalled. They have really good prices, a wide range of hardware from low-end to high-end, lots of hardware customization options, free Powered by Ubuntu stickers, even a list of books to help you learn Linux! You can even donate your old computer to help disadvantaged kids (who normally wouldn’t even have a computer) cut their teeth on free open source software. How cool is that?
Now you have no excuse not to convert your friends and family to Linux — they can get new hardware, with technical support, with a warantee, and they don’t have to be intimidated by the prospect of installing an OS themselves (let’s be honest, though — if people had to install Windows manually every time, it would be even less popular than Linux for the desktop).