Re: Hellooooo UBUNTU... @Peter Gathercole
No argument from me about things needing to change but I can't see the vast majority of users ever finding a compelling reason to change. I imagine that most of them have invested the time to get to grips with whatever OS they're comfortable using and don't really want to invest the overhead in learning something else when they have a box that already does it perfectly well for them.
I do tinker with my lappy but only if I have the leisure to investigate how to do "x" otherwise I just want to do "x" so I use my PC
I'm a software engineer of nearly 20 years experience, I consider myself to be a bit of a techie.. if I find switching to Mint (or whatever) a pain in the arse, then what chance for people who just want to turn on a box, go clickity clicky and then walk away?
It may be that one day, people will be able to buy a Mint powered machine the way they currently buy a Windows pc from PC World.... pay for it, take it out of the box, plug it in.. choose a user name and away they go.
The fact is, and a good number of zealots *really* need to understand this, linux in whatever flavour, is a VERY long way from that stage. I make no judgement on the rightness or wrongness of this, simply offer it as is.