I've seen these threads at every Linux forum I've ever been on.
They're always the same. Always:
- Linux isn't ready for the desktop.
Linux will never replace windows if you don't.... [insert list of ridiculous Windows emulations here]
How can you ever expect to kill Windows if you can't run all of its programs?
Why do I have to use WINE for [Application X]? This is stupid.
The replies are always the same. Always:
- Linux is too ready for the desktop. Just look at... [everything it does already]
Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.
Enough is enough. The debate is endless. Really there is no debate - Windows isn't ever going anywhere, because a multi-billion dollar transnational corporation is never going to be "dethroned" as "king of the hill" by a bunch of volunteers working on a community project. Sorry to say it, but it's true.
That's not to cheapen anything anybody has ever done for Linux development. Quite the contrary, I love Linux! Everybody is different, has a different story, and has different experience. For me, Linux has been my primary OS for over two years now. I still keep the factory-installed Windows Vista in my hard disk, for the odd times I need to run a Windows-only program, or want to play a game, or want to use file sharing on a LAN and Samba is being a PITA. For me, and probably for all of you, Linux is ready for the desktop. Linux has replaced Windows!
Windows is just another option. It's just another choice.
So back to the topic at hand: The "Linux isn't ready" threads.
Quit feeding these people. You're never going to convince them they're wrong. Anybody pig-headed enough to use a Linux Distro for a few days or maybe even a week and then make sweeping generalizations about all Linux distros based on a poor experience with one is never going to believe you when you tell them their opinion is wrong. Anybody who would not take the time to learn the file system structure, learn where programs are stored, learn where program settings are stored, learn what Linux alternatives to Windows programs are and how to use them - but who would take the time to register at a forum just to shout off the rooftop that everybody in there is crazy for not seeing things the way they do is not going to believe you when you tell them their opinion is wrong.
That one has been lost. You will never "convert" them.
I challenge each and every Linux user - starting right her at Mint forums and hopefully spreading to all the others: Just ignore these people. Stop replying to them. You wouldn't start a debate with a troll about whose mother is the bigger EDIT by the Moderators, Keep it Clean Please... Stop debating these trolls about which is the better OS. And that's exactly what they are - internet trolls. They post their diatribes solely in the hope of provoking a reaction. If they were just frustrated and wanted help with something, they would channel all that "not ready for the desktop" writing energy into a post about what their problem is and asking for help to fix it.
I challenge each and every forum mod - starting right here at Mint forums and hopefully spreading to all the others: Just delete these threads. They're not doing anybody any good. As I said, the debate is endless. They waste time and resources. They take up space on your forums servers. You wouldn't leave spam posts advertising erection-pills or sex-sites around for people to reply to - why leave these?