Originally Posted by Brian_GP1200R
Overall, I've gotta say, I'm impressed. Linux desktops have come a long way. I still go back to Vista and like nearly everything about it better... but this is no longer a "joke" of a Desktop OS. Last time I played with this stuff it flat out sucked. It doesn't now.
On day #2 through #5 with linux I had almost exactly the same sentiment. Now I actually like a lot of things about Linux. As many folks have said, "it's not windows. It's different". With a little more time I think you'll start to look at a few things in linux and say, "Hey.. that's pretty cool..." And that's part of what made me hop on the bandwagon. The only thing linux needs to be useable (not the best, but "useable") by the mainstream is drivers for things like printers. So basically, so long as people are adamant about using Linux, there will be a market for the drivers. Sooner or later, it's going to be filled. I hear what you're saying about running the cleaning programs and whatnots for your printer. On my canon MP780, I can run all of those options through the LCD menu, so it's not strictly necessary. Again, it's not really any harder than doing it on the computer, just different... just gotta get used to it (just like I had to get used to a lot of weird windows ways of doing things...)
And as for you gamers, not that the games are great or anything, but... it is cool to talk to windows users and tell them, "hey, you know that if you run Linux such as Kubuntu or Mint or whatever, you can go to the start menu where it says "Add/Remove programs" and download full versions of free games?"
I don't kid anybody suggesting they are as good as the games you pay for, but am I crazy for thinking it's the best free (adware and virus-free) collection of games on the 'net?