Like me. Yeah, you know that "my wife who just wants to surf and read her email and do a little office work" that people like you keep holding up as an example? -- yeah, that's me *waves* I have every right to say "if I can do it, what's your excuse?" because hi there! - that's me! Oh, and the second-language card? - Hiya.
Lets, see. I think you're saying you have the right to say that if you can, so can everyone else. Of course you have the right to say it. And I have the right to disagree.
And those people should save their pennies and buy an Apple. They should not be using Linux, no not even Linux Mint.
I disagree. Mint is about a half inch from being a windows clone now. Why can't Linux be both a desktop and server OS? An OS is an OS. It allocates resources, nothing more. User-friendly is in the GUI apps, not the kernel. So there's no reason why some distros of an inherently better OS, one designed for stability, security, to good principles of CS, and not for marketing reasons, can't serve the general public. Its your bank accounts, folks.
they come here thinking that Linux is just a free version of Windows, then they throw a fit when they realise that no, it's a free version of UNIX.
That's because they've been told, over and over, by members of the Linux community, that Linux IS a free version of Windows. So they come here, and then you guys rabbit punch them.
And UNIX has never functioned like Windows - on the contrary, Windows is trying to function more like UNIX.
Again, what you're talking about - functionality - is in the GUI apps. Not the kernel or the utilities.
if you're going to own one, you have to learn to drive it.
NO. We're not talking about DRIVING it. We're talking about MAINTAINING it. Progress is about learning to drive it, but relying on someone else to maintain it. Drive the toaster, drive the car, drive the OS. But when you need help to fix it, you need someone who doesn't expect you to be a mechanic before he will answer you.