Ahh… I finally dumped Linux and got back to Windows!
Over the last several months, I’ve been using a couple different flavors of Linux on my IBM/Lenovo X40 laptop, with the idea of writing a review of desktop Linux the way I did for the Apple laptop that I borrowed. Of course, since I didn’t have to give Linux back in a month, I used it for a greater length of time.
As with the Apple, I didn’t try to become a super-geek in the OS being tested. The parameters of the test were a knowledgeable Windows user stranded with the unfamiliar OS, sink or swim.
Linux worked pretty well, though there were a couple extremely annoying glitches. In the final analysis I just preferred Windows XP more, and Windows is the native home for two of my six favorite applications. (Yes, I know it is possible to tuck then into Wine but then I’m not really testing the Linux apps, am I?)
This is only a review-preview. I just started working on the actual review, which will be ready when it’s ready. In the meantime, here Information Week’s very pessimistic assessment of Linux’ chances at desktop dominance.