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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@ Anonymous - Re Home Desktop
by matt on Mon 14th Jul 2003 20:11 UTC

Note you mention kids games. Heard of WineX? I use this to run Blues Clues games, Putt Putt Games and Dora games. There are also a number of free linux native educational games that my kids love.

As for the wife test, she only complains if I twiddle with the desktop, and move buttons, otherwise she has absolutely no problem. She uses MS Office on crossover office for work and writing up stuff for community boards she's on. Kmail for email - and basically that's all she does. Also note, that she uses WinXP at work, and has absolutely no difficulty flipping between them (mind you she treats MS Word as the operating system).

Linux is fine for me and my family's desktop. However, until people can find a local/family geek to admin their linux box, like the current local/family windows geek admins their windows boxes, it will be a while until linux is more prevalent on the desktop in the home. However, make no mistake, linux is ready for the home desktop. It's just that the informal support infrastructure that keeps windows running in millions of homes is not yet in place for linux.