"If the open source developers ignore the importance of
a peppy GUI experience, the number of adopters of the Linux desktop
will never reach critical mass.
Linux has intrigued me ever since news headlines began
proclaiming its advantages over Windows. Within the past few
months, I've seriously been considering replacing Windows on my
laptop with Linux, but have hit three serious barriers: application
slowness, time consuming installations, and dependency
In making the decision to switch, obvious factors such as cost
and a general dissatisfaction with the Microsoft monopoly would
surely play major roles. There are countless individuals out there
who, like me, would like to put Linux on their aging hardware.
New computers are expensive, and it becomes a very attractive
proposition to keep the same hardware and load a free operating
system onto it."