Re: We don't mind bugs.
"walled garden" ecosystems where the user experience is crippled and enforced by design
It's exactly these sort of comments that I dislike. I don't care what OS you (evidently blindly) root for, but to declare the choices of other people as nothing more as some desire to belong to a club instead of a deliberate choice after weighing all argument for and against is somewhere between flat out ignorant to seriously insulting, especially on this topic.
For all its faults, one of the major issues to solve to wean people off a Windows platform is the usefulness of Outlook (astonishingly, even after it had the ribbon treatment). Only Kontact is starting to make inroads - I'm not going to insult anyone by calling "Evolution" a useless abomination, I think. If you want to give a newbie a machine and have them productive in minutes, you give them an OSX desktop and applications. For the gazillion choices on Linux, NONE of the desktops comes close to that, and even if they did, most of the applications built on top of them such as well re. usability because they were made by TECHNICAL people, not through any discussions with end users (do I need to mention GNOME 3 or Metro here?). Want to have a child use a computer? Well, the iPad does the job.
If you want to see crippled I invite you to compare Dia, Visio and Omnigraffle Pro, just as an exercise. The Linux desktop is crippled by a lack of decent applications ("decent" as in "usable by normal human beings without having to read a million interdependent HOWTOs or man pages"). That doesn't mean someone else may not come to a different conclusion, but this religious ignorant "my platform is better than yours" bleating that keeps returning is so juvenile that it's irritating and, well, stupid.
Yes, I know you dislike Apple products in any guise. Thank you. If you could actually come with some sensible arguments instead of regurgitating the same old rubbish you could even contribute something to a decision process that favours your precious ("preccccioussss") platform.
It may be worth reminding you that Apple actually didn't invent anything new with its iPhone, but was able for the first time ever to make phone companies hand over cash (novel in its own right) for hosting it by improving usability - walled garden or not, all the Open stuff hadn't come near that yet. And as for Open Source delivering uncrippled usability - do I need to mention the switch to GNOME 3, or Unity?
So there. And Happy New Year to you too.