Originally Posted by pete.i
That's, probably, the truest thing I have heard all year. I do use Linux but at this point in time it is just too geeky to be of any use whatsoever to the "ordinary" computer user. Like it or lump it we are stuck with Windows if we want to use a computer to it's fullest advantage. The sooner the Linux people take this on board the sooner everybody will be able to leave Microsoft behind. Unfortunately the time has not yet come to ditch Windows.
Yeah, even if you learn Linux well (which I sort of did the last few weeks), one way or another you'll do one of three things:
1) Dual-boot Windows, at which point there is no reason to keep Linux, since Windows can do everything Linux can and more, only better, easier and faster, so you end up getting rid of Linux altogether.
2) Use a virtual machine, which is a huge waste of resources, so dual-booting ends up being much more efficient, and you are back to option 1).
3) Attempt to run programs with WINE, fail miserably and go back to option 1).
The only people that still run Linux are snobs that don't want to buy a Mac, paranoids and conspiracy theorists, or people with very specific needs like programmers and Android developers. And servers of course.
Having said that, I can see the value on the work that Linux, WINE and VM developers do. Their task is nothing if not complicated and tedious. Sadly, no one is willing to port their software to Linux, so their work is wasted. I hope that changes someday.