Linked by Mike Martin on Mon 14th Jul 2003 17:42 UTC
Linux After reading yet another "why Linux is not ready for the desktop" article/discussion, I decided that, as someone who uses Linux exclusively at home, its about time I wrote my response to the attitudes expressed. I have been using Linux since January 1999 (Red Hat 5.2 off of a cover disc).
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Not spectacular, but adaquate
by Bruno the Arrogant on Mon 14th Jul 2003 17:59 UTC

I'd have to agree with the author that Linux is adaquate for desktop use. While still not as polished as Windows or the Mac, both KDE and Gnome are sufficintly enough evolved that the average user should be able to navigate them competently.

Really, what keeps me from using Linux exclusively is the same thing that prevents me from using a Mac more frequently - namely, the applications I need are available only on Windows. That is becoming less true over time, and probably isn't an applicable complaint in many people's cases. But as long as that remains true, if I were forced to make a choice, I'd have to chose Windows, as a matter of pragmatism. I'd imagine as long as that remains true, all other alternative desktops, not just Linux, are going to have a challenge making inroads.