"When I tell people that I use Linux, they look at me
with pity. In their minds, I have just confessed to being a fanatic
who is willing to undergo daily hardship and inconvenience in
defense of my beliefs.
"When I go on to tell them that the KDE desktop is in many ways
more innovative than Windows 7, the looks of pity changes to
caution. I am not only a fanatic, they conclude, but delusional and
"After all, everybody knows that Linux requires you to do
everything from the command line. Such graphical interfaces as
exist must be crude and awkward, and I can only be in denial.
"All the same, it's true. The few occasions when I venture into
Windows 7 (these days, generally for a comparison article, or to
help out a neighbor), I feel hamstrung by the absence or at best
partial implementation of all the tools I take for granted.
Compared to desktops like KDE, my experience on Windows seems
defined largely by what I cannot do."
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