clem wrote:...but our purpose is to make the "perfect" desktop distribution....
I'd like to get some opinions about that. What do you guys think?
As one who has been playing with computer going back to the MS-DOS days and computers with a 20 meg hard drive was considered huge, I definately have an opinion. I believe that most people really don't care what OS they use as long as it's intuitive and does all the basic computer operations (work processing, spreadsheets, etc.), surf the net with little or no problems, and is affordable (if not free).
Microsoft meets 2 of those 3 criteria. However, having to spend hundreds of dollars for an OS is crazy. Unfortunately, most computers in the world use MS. But MS beware, government entities and entire countries are starting to adopted open source software.
I set my wife's laptop up with a Linux distro that did all she needed it to do, had no problem at all using it, with no cost. She really couldn't have cared if it was a Linux based OS. All she cared was it worked.
Of course wanting to listen to or watch encrypted audio and video software causes a problem; that needs to be fixed. Mint has taken the largest step in providing for that. However, it is still up to each person here in the U.S. to make the decision whether they want to load some priority based software.
In the U.S. the airwaves are owned by the people (perhaps in other contries as well). Also, many ISPs rely on the delivery of their service using the airwaves. Therefore, as soon as it hits the airwaves the the encrypted software belongs to the public so downloading codecs is ok.
I do believe that Linux is superior OS. I base that on the performance of the medical computers (driven by Linux) that I work with daily. I believe Microsoft will eventually have to offer some kind free OS; but I wouldn't worry about having to take up a collection for Bill as of yet.
BTW, if Mr Gates took a small fraction of his vast fortune and applied it to developing a free-for-personal-use, open source, linux based OS, he could find a way to make a lot of money from it.