"To kick things off, I look at one area where Linux has an
embarrassment of riches – music players. Whether you're
looking for a player with features that puts Apple's iTunes to
shame or just a bare-bones play/pause button, there's something
that will work for everyone.
"First, some parameters. I'll be ignoring things like audio
codecs because, sorry to say, codecs are a subject that simply
doesn't matter to the ordinary consumer. Also, if a music player
doesn't support MP3s, then it's just not a music player for the
ordinary PC users.
"Similarly the focus will be on GNOME apps. There's nothing
wrong with other desktops and apps written for them, but Ubuntu
ships with GNOME and KDE apps have a huge overhead before they'll
run in GNOME."