Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Oct 2008 10:27 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Sunday we reported on an interview with an MSI manager, who stated that internal research had shown that the return rate for the Linux version of MSI's Wind netbook was four times as high as that of the Windows XP version. He claimed that the unfamiliarity of people with Linux was the culprit. This claim sparked some serious discussion around the net, but now MSI's statement is being repeated by Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu.
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Try this...
by optevo on Tue 7th Oct 2008 12:44 UTC
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Install two versions of whatever distribution. Make one as Windows-like as possible and the other leave as the default. Test them on the general public. See if there's any difference in number of issues raised.

I'm fairly sure there will be. If so, it makes *economic* sense to make the default install pretty Windows-like. Not because its *better* in some intrisic way but because people's familiarity with Windows counts for something.

One other point - for those who don't like the default Windows L&F it won't be an issue for them to change it as they Would likely be dyed-in-the-wool linux users. To make it easier for everyone, why not look at another Windows feature - In Vista you can easily switch back to an XP L&F. A nice feature to add to your favourite Linux distro? (but expanding it in true Linux style to give you a Vista, XP, NT or Linux L&F)

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