Linux desktop: Starting with the right set of expectations

What would we think of Windows if our standard platform was Linux?

What would we think of Windows if our only experience was with Linux? That's the question that EasyGeek seeks to answer...and to interesting effect.

EasyGeek assumes a market in which Linux is dominant and then reviews the Windows upstart desktop. This is a fair way of going about reviewing Windows, given that, as the writer suggests, the market's predisposition for Windows has very little to do with technical superiority, and instead is simply a function of Windows being around for a long time.

Here's a sample:

Due to the size of the install DVD, I was expecting a full-featured OS complete with good burning software, an office suite, etc. What I got was entirely sub-par. No decent cd-burning software was provided, and I found that to get one, (Nero) I would have to pay extra. Wow. With Ubuntu, I could get K3b for free, with the benefit of it being open-source too.

That said, I do believe that there are some glaring deficiencies in the Linux desktop, especially as pertains to ease of use. Having had to go through the nightmare of installing something as simple as Firefox on my SUSE-based machine three years ago, I would not wish that experience on my worst enemy. Hopefully it has gotten better since then, but it only takes one horrible experience to dissuade people from trying again.

Perhaps that's why I use a Mac. It's easy. Everything just works. Always. Or close to always.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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