It's Time to Retire "Ready for the Desktop"
May 19, 2008, 21:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeremy LaCroix)
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"Quite a few reviews of new Linux releases these days try to
determine if a distribution is 'ready for the desktop.' I myself
have probably been guilty of using that phrase, but I think it's
time we officially retire this criterion.
"What defines an operating system as being ready for the
desktop? Surely everyone has a different opinion on the actual
definition. While my search for an official definition or list of
guidelines has failed, to me this phrase means that the OS is
usable by everyone, meets everyone's needs, and is able to do
everything that everyone wants it to do. In that regard, is any
operating system truly ready for the desktop...?"