- Linux is in many respects a superior operating system to Windows, and seems to work perfectly well for people who know what they’re doing as a desktop operating system.
- The runaway success of products like the ASUS Eee PC shows that Linux can be made sufficiently user friendly for ordinary mugs to use it – at least as an OS on their backup PC.
- There are a bunch of things it seems that Linux continues to do less well. I haven’t used it – except to boot it from a CD and it seemed to work fine, but I didn’t do much on it – but I understand that there are quite a few details like picking up drivers and so on that can be painful on Linux.
- So my main question is why Google and/or a consortium of large firms in the industry (and perhaps elsewhere like Wal-Mart for instance, not to mention Asian governments and businesses) don’t band together to lead an open source initiative to produce a version of Linux that maximises userfriendliness. (Part of the problem is the fragmentation of standards – there are lots of Linux distros out there, so just agreeing on one they’d promote would be very helpful). IBM spends something like a billion dollars annually on Linux coding, you’d think it wouldn’t take much of a share of this – especially with other firms and individuals chipping in – to get Linux to at least the state that Windows is at. Windows Vista is a big ugly morass of programming, so now couldn’t be a better time.
So what am I missing?