Linked by David Adams on Fri 18th Jun 2010 19:17 UTC
Linux Linux Magazine has a profile of Daniel Fore and the Elementary project. Elementary is a Linux distro that's committed to a clean and simple user experience, but it's more than a distro - it's actually a multi-pronged effort to make improvements to the user experience for a whole ecosystem of components, including icons, a GTK theme, Midori improvements, Nautilus, and even Firefox. The work that elementary is doing isn't limited to their own distro, and some of their work is available in current, and perhaps future, Ubuntu releases. The results are really striking, and I think it's probably the handsomest Linux UI I've ever seen.
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It isn't good enough as a mainstream desktop.

You can't install Ubuntu with Firefox, a pdf reader, Flash and OpenOffice and trust it to auto-update everything for at least 2 years. Something will get screwed up at some point.

Program and system updates aren't the only issue but it is one that needs to be addressed. Maybe going towards rolling releases is the answer but there isn't currently one that is targeted at novice users.

If Linux was good enough as a mainstream desktop then it would have more than 1% share. Novice computer users run into problems with Linux and people like you refuse to acknowledge that these problems even exist. Maybe you should spend some time in Ubuntu forums to see what new users have to go through.

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