Well I have to agree with Clem on this one, Windows Vista is well polished. It has some very cool features out the box. and is truely easy to just pick up and "go" for new users.
I am a long time Linux user and one of the main problems I seem to encounter with new users is that inability to just "get things done", true Linux Mint aids new users by allowing MP3 support, etc but there is still some way to go. I will support Linux and I want it to take the enterprise desktop market. Maybe even home-users too if we have our way!
I do have one concern though. People saying that Vista is slow??? I am running Vista Ultimate Edition 64bit and I can honestly say it is not slow. If anything even running the 32bit edition it is still faster than XP on my machine. I am running a Intel Core 2 Q6600 Quad Core, 4gb RAM, 250GB RAID 1, 8400GTS and it's fast as f**k.
I am highly impressed with Media Centre and I believe that Linux Mint could try and implement Myth TV directly into the desktop. I have a Nova-T Dual Tuner that works flawlessly with Vista, if I could get the same experience with Linux I would be "WOW'd!"
I am just waiting for 64bit versions of Linux Mint now. I will be very happy then. All I can say is Linux Mint is moving in the perfect direction, but in my opinion, as from the 4.X series (just to give enough time for testing, implementation, etc) there should be many of the features of a Windows Desktop - media centre, decent iPAQ support if possible and other neat touches such as the graphics showing how much disc space is used.
All in all I am happy with my Linux install. I use it for everything apart from my media centre and my .NET development. But to convert users of Vista Home Pre/Ultimate then we'll need to get a more rounded feel/complete product that feels easy to just pick up and go.
I'm not flaming Linux at all, I simply see a space for further integration of current projects. I actually think if out the box integration with Myth TV was used (I've used it as a live CD) then it'd make it more competative against Vista.
Also, here's a thought Clem. How about building a nice VMWare Image for VMWare Player for Windows Users to try right within Windows?
Oh and by the way, I am loving the new artwork in 3.1 - very nice looking.
Have a nice day guys.