"For over a decade, columnists and bloggers have been
explaining how GNU/Linux isn't ready for the desktop -- and,
despite all the progress in the operating system over the last ten
years, the arguments haven't changed much. Moreover, increasingly,
they're outdated when they're not based on complete ignorance. In
fact, I often get the impression that those who pontificate on
GNU/Linux's inadequacies have never tried it.
"Often, of course, the criterion for desktop-readiness is
subjective. What is a bug to one user is a feature to another: for
example, having to log in as root to install software is an
inconvenience to inexperienced users, but a security feature to
those with more knowledge.
"Often, too, complaints about GNU/Linux are actually complaints
that it is not exactly like Windows. Never mind the fact that,
unless it did things differently, there would be no reason to
switch in the first place. Or that anyone who expects to use a new
application or operating system without a learning period is
arrogantly provincial. The fact that GNU/Linux is not completely
familiar is more than enough to damn it in the eyes of some
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