"Every few months, a pundit asks, 'Is Linux ready for the
desktop?' The implication, of course, is that it hasn't been--at
least, not until very recently. Yet those who actually use a
GNU/Linux desktop know that the operating system has been ready for
some years. Considering that much of the early design of desktops
like KDE and GNOME were based on what was happening in Windows,
that readiness is hardly surprising. In fact, development of the
GNU/Linux desktop has reached the point today where it not only
equals the Windows Vista desktop, but frequently surpasses it.
"Of course, Vista has an advantage: it comes already installed
on most systems. By contrast, pre-installations of GNU/Linux, such
as Dell's Ubuntu systems, are still rare. However, that is not a
feature of the operating systems so much as a marketing coup.
Anyone who has tried to install a copy of Windows from scratch will
find it no easier than installing a GNU/Linux distribution..."