I'm sorry if I sound so intense
You don't need te be sorry.
Ik value very much what you write.
I want the best OS to be on top
Me too, but you know it will not happen with desktops by itself, not just like that...
There has to be done deep thinking and hard work and clever steps, so people can build their myth
and will 'very, very much like Linux on the desktop'.
(By the way, we know what sometimes happens with very good systems.
Bètamax was a great video-system, but too little video's (software) in the shops and you're the weakest
I highly regard what Clem has done now with Mint 12 in a time with difficulties for the user or for
them who like te step over to Linux. It is part of my
'myth-building' of 'Mint'.
Ubuntu is losing myth, maybe in a short while MS too with their new 'interface' Metro??
And see what Lefèbre does with Gnome & MGSE and/or MATE!
(At the same time: see what MS together with the hardware-makers try to do with UEFI and MS Secure Boot...
Not impossible this scares a number of Open Software-users away.)
That's on the strategic side, but there is also the smoothness of an OS and the software in day-to-day production
and fun and tuning and installation. Or in helpfiles. Still after all those years I find helpfiles missing...
And when they are not, are they very readable? Is software userfriendly, but also fully configurable?
In all these respects too Mint is scoring very high (nót yet Linux overall
I'm sorry to see...)
And: When I see all those apps in handheld-land I hope this will also be the case in Linux, if you follow me?
This is VERY difficult. The designer that can do that will have my most humble respect.
Yes, I know. I fought enormous battles for the user-frienlyness of my software. And sometime I did not
succeed and had to do things all over again.
I truly believe that Linux is the right path to freedom from intolerant, intellectual elites who think you should have to take college courses to be able to navigate the desktop.
Maybe. But then: let everybody in the Linux-world be aware of it and let's work on it very hard. (Like Clem and
his crew. Like very good people in other distro's in théir manner.) Without stripping OS-es from the options for configuration and tuning of course..!
(KDE4 had that bias in the
their meager beginning, also Unity and I saw it a little in Xfce lately. I don't know what it will be with Gnome now.
But seeing my 'tips'-link and what I see myself here it can be much better.
Don't let the handheld & tablet-market push Linux in the wrong direction.. Don't let them push at all..!
Clever manouvering will help the Linux-desk.)
I truly believe in Linux and Open Software as a whole. That's why Secure Boot sees Linux as malware.
It's big in handhelds already and now it has still also to grow in fine software and desktop!