mintero wrote: There are millions of professionals using Windows (lawers, doctors, professors etc) . I would never say that these people arent serious. They simply utilize the bad OS.
Yes, and those people won't switch to Linux. Maybe to Apple and Mac OS X and that's about it. Different stories in corporate environments though, where large-scale migrations do occur, and where the trained office clerk and/or secretary doesn't care what OS they are running for as long as the applications they work with are similar to what they already know (e.g. similarity of OpenOffice.org with similar Microsoft Office apps ...) or are so easy to use that it requires no extra-trainimg.
mintero wrote: The life of an human being is not focused on an OS.
Exactly. And that's why in my server room we pick the OS that gives us the least troubles and does what we tell it to. The end-users and their constantly breaking Windoze clients are someone else's concern. Look at me: I can afford to hang around here all day long and even solve other people's problems for free (although my employer would probably take issues with that ...) simply because the machines I am responsible for give me soooo little trouble of their own
mintero wrote: Well, some of these people when understand that Windows is the bad OS they decide to use linux but that doesnt mean they decide to devote time to learn new things.
That's their fault then. Linux is not Windows. It's as simple as that. You always have to learn when you switch platforms. Just because you know how to ride a bicycle it doesn't mean that you shouldn't do some learning before trying to drive a car. Both are vehicles, yes. Both have wheels, yes. Both can accelerate, brake, turn, and so on. But with a car you have far greater "firepower" and horsepower under your control ... hence in most civilised countries it is therefore suggested you take some lessons before daring to drive one
Same with airplanes ... Just because you have mastered the skill of driving a car it doesn't mean that you are now entitled to fly an airplane. It takes training again and again.
So people know all this. People agree to these principles, people even find it a good thing that at least in the civilised world nobody can dare to even try drivng a car without risking serious punishment (e.g. or why else do you think police officers all around the civilised world want to see your driving license when they stop you??)
But when it comes to operating systems everything has to remain the same ... ???
So you know how to ride a bicycle (= Windows) and now suggest that you should be able to operate a supersonic fighter-jet (= Linux! ... if you want it to be like that!), a heavy cargo transport airplane (= Linux! ... e.g. a server!), or a Formula-1 race car (= Linux! ... stripped down and tuned for speed e.g. Gentoo!) *without* doing at least some minimum training or adaption? I question that logic. In real life it simply does not work like that. And I fail to see why it should be the case with operating systems
mintero wrote: Other people decided to utilize this time in order to earn money, travel in the world or learn yoga.
And they can do so even more if they have to spend less time by fixing Windows down-time
mintero wrote: PS Well the topic is Linux Mint vs Freespire and I have already considered LinuxMint as a better distro. I just posted to know other viewpoints.
The real "competition" (if there is any) is with the more popular distros, e.g. Linux Mint vs. SUSE vs. Fedora vs. Debian vs. Ubuntu vs. Mandriva ... IMHO.
It will be interesting to see how Mint will do over time against those popular ones.