Is the language of Linux too obtuse for Windows and Mac users?

Today in Open Source: Does Linux have a language barrier for new users? Plus: The best ways to run Linux on a Mac, and ten uses for Linux for Windows users.

I have mixed feelings about changing the language that surrounds Linux.

On one hand I can see the value of making it more welcoming to new users. That could result in more people using Linux as their desktop operating system. More users certainly wouldn’t be a bad thing for desktop Linux.

On the other hand, there’s such a thing as dumbing something down too far. One of the big attractions of Linux is the power and control that comes with it. Many of the people who opt for Linux are eager to learn what is necessary for them to truly take control of their computers.