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Last week’s discussions on using Linux to catch Peter Principled bosses between rocks and hard places included a comment from ARyKaXaN in which he points out that Wintel’s majority market position makes it the standard against which most people judge other products and then concludes that as long “as *users* aren’t willing to accept that only windows behaves as windows” other OS/GUI combinations will face uphill struggles for acceptance.

He right, of course - and part of what he’s thinking reflects comments we see all the time: comments to the effect that Windows is defined by its GUI and the ease of use this provides. With that in mind I thought I’d repeat my entire initial response, cleaned up and extended, here.

From an objective technology perspective I’d say that any of the four major Unix GUIs beat the Windows GUI hands down. Pick any multi-part set of technical or performance criteria you’d be willing to defend in public and you’ll find that three of the four are about as good as Windows and the fourth one is much better.

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