Just watched this video and I know that there are many Linux enthusiasts out there that constantly propagate this bullshit. I love Linux, I use Linux and that’s the reason why I think the community should stop bashing the more popular operating systems and start learning from them.
There is no conspiracy here, nobody is stopping Linux to be mainstream on desktop, there is no evil empire (Microsoft). The reality is that almost all Linux user interfaces are still crappy and videos like this creates false expectations. Users try Linux hoping for the ultimate OS and they leave the OS forever in disappointment! Now let’s see some bullshit examples:
Linux is free to use and free to obtain.
Sounds good, but this also means poor customer support, a lot of shitty and unstable distributions and so on. Everybody say that the community will help you, but the community is usually telling you that you are an absolute idiot for not using the console, that your question is stupid, that you should recompile the app or the kernel, that everybody should learn how to code etc.. This is by no means customer support. You can’t convince a medic or an artist to use Linux under these terms. Most users have absolutely no interests in software engineering, they just need a computer that works!
Different desktop environments to suit the variety of user needs.
This translates to fragmentation. Every environment has a learning curve and this is bad. Most users do not have the time to learn a new desktop environment. Some of these desktop environments are changing with every update, crash in random places are inconsistent and sometimes memory hungry. KDE really pisses me of with the whole “revolutionizing the user interfaces” thing. They ignore the fact that most users want consistency, simplicity. The lack of real revolutionary changes in Windows and OSX is exactly the reason why these operating systems are so popular and loved by users!
Stable code base.
Linux fanatics always brag about the stable code base, but they forget to mention what distribution has that superb stability that is far better than Windows or OSX? Frankly I used Fedora, CentOS, Kubuntu and Ubuntu and never felt comfortable to update my machine. I don’t say that Linux is worse than Windows, but is not better either. I don’t speak about servers, but desktop environments.
Until now, the only Linux based desktop I would recommend to my friends is Ubuntu. Ubuntu is one of the most hated distributions in the Linux world, the evil OS that made a pact with the devil (Amazon). I love Ubuntu because it’s simple, relatively stable, the UI is consistent, doesn’t change substantially with every update and they have good support. Also the Ubuntu community is really friendly and understands the fact that some users are not hackers.