Re: Torvalds is the greatest manager of them all
>not allowed to upset MS by installing Linux on desktops - YET.
Before that happens, common Linux apps (music players, text editors, image editors etc) need to be given names that hint at their function. I enjoy word games based, but not everybody does.
The other major factor for the bloke on the street (whilst he is at his desk) is support for the software he already knows... this is happening in a number of ways, including:
-1st party support for Linux (ie Valve looking at Linux as a gaming platform), many games already straddle more platforms than commercial productivity applications (eg Win, Mac, Xbox, PS3, Wii) so are developed with this in mind.
-Opensource alternatives to Win/Mac software (eg LibreOffice, GIMP),
-Browser or cloud-based software being OS agnostic (eg, Google Docs, CAD at the other end of the scale -driven by convenience of being able to rent compute time as required, and the need to collaborate with colleagues, suppliers and clients)
-VMs - though these still need a licence, and for the novice some hand-holding, perhaps to make the VM invisible to them
It might be that Linux only becomes a main-stream OS choice when the choice of one OS over another becomes unimportant.