"It's an intruiging point of view, but one predicated on a
fallacy. If anything, Linux works the hardest for the hassle-free
experience of any of the operating systems. Each alpha, beta and RC
is passed through thousands of hands before it ever gets anywhere
near an end user. Each line of code is mulled, every aspect of the
operating system considered - by that I mean that unlike the
revolutionary three years jumps of Windows or Apple's OSes, Linux
is in a constant state of evolution.
"Its DNA is interchangeable. Open-source may be built on
cooperation, but that doesn't equate to a lack of competition.
There are dozens of desktop environments such as Gnome and KDE
being developed and tested constantly, and yet only one will ever
make it into a final Linux release. But that doesn't mean it will
stay there. It's the same with the bundled utilities, office
packages, codecs, audo and display drivers, even the notification
system - beneath the bonnet there's a host of file systems and
codec packs to choose from."