This is the second Lindows/Wal-Mart review coming out in a short while, and this one, is truly a must read. The author is a journalist that have used Windows, but he is not a Unix user. Trying to test Lindows he got into similar trouble as David Coursey did two weeks ago, when he tried Red Hat Linux. While Mike Langberg of San Jose Mercury News used a supposedly “desktop-oriented” Linux distribution, Lindows, as opposed to the server-oriented and marketed Red Hat, he still found it very unfriendly for common tasks like changing the refresh rates of a monitor.Our Take: To be fair to the Lindows people, it is not exactly their fault that Linux and its related software are not ready for the desktop, not matter how much their marketing people are trying to make it look like it is.
The author found a lot of the included open source software to be slow and of mediocre quality, and I must agree with this. A lot, and I mean, a lot of beta/half-finished projects are floating around and since there are not other that do the specific job better, we, users, have to use them. But building an OS and your business around them, it may not be so good after all.