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The Technological Dumb Down Continues...

As technology proliferates, the entire industry is increasingly struggling to balance ease-of-use and usability on the one hand with power and functionality on the other.

A quick glance at the criticism leveled at any modern computing platform bares the truth of this assessment. While supporters of Windows Vista point to its "eye candy" innovations, detractors point to the fact that it is only a partially functional, less stable version of XP rife with software and hardware incompatibilities. Critics of recent Linux distributions--long the exclusive realm of ubergeeks--allege that attempts to lure users away from other operating systems have led to its watering down to absurd levels.

Perhaps the most succinct statement of the problem came from the creator of Linux himself, who in 2005 said of Gnome, a particular variety of Linux desktop environment, the following:

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