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Linux distros are still not rivals for Windows and OSX

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Some time ago I wrote a post about my job where also said that GNU/Linux distros are still not rivals for MS Windows and Apple MacOS X on desktops. One thing should be mentioned here: this is true if we speak only about usability and not "ideology". It is time to answer for my words. So, let's speak about this.

At the beginning I had plans to write one document, but later I understood that this document will be very big and I will write it very long time (having regard my current load). So I decided to write a several posts on this theme. This is the first post from the series. In this post I will concentrate on shortcomings of current GNU/Linux distros, in the second post I will try to write what should be done, to create a really usable GNU/Linux distro which can be a rival for proprietary systems.

1. “Usability" vs "user friendly"




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