Don’t get me wrong, I realize the true computer geeks of the world swear by Linux and it’s probably a superior product to Windows in many ways. Except for those that really matter. Windows is the standard for about 95% of the computers in the world. For the average computer user, Windows is by far the best solution because it’s what they already know and what they are most likely to encounter.

Furthermore, there simply are not enough people using Linux for the average person to find a friend who can help them if something goes wrong.

And Linux simply does not have the popular applications that most people are using. Don’t get me wrong, I realize Linux has applications for many of the common tasks people do on a computer (word processing, browsing the internet, spreadsheets, etc). But the average person can’t take work they’ve done on a Linux computer and continue on a work or school computer.
For those who have used and love Linux, my question isn’t knocking the o/s. Guy C pretty much hit right the point of my question. When someone asks a computer question, there is always someone answering with something like "try Linux, it’s better and free". While that may be true, it does nothing to address the person’s question.

Also, I am well versed in the "try it you’ll like it" argument because I started using Firefox as my main browser about 2 years ago after being reluctant to try it. I would never go back to using IE or even Netscape as my primary again. But this brings up another point. For as good as Firefox is, it does have problems – especially handling certain types of media and there are not always extensions to address these issues. Plus some web sites just don’t work in Firefox – often web sites for things like paying bills and banking.

Other then packaging:

variant choices of desktop environment (slim or not)
preinstalled application.
distro name
logo
community
rpm or deb.

I’m not putting down Linux I think it is a great operating system, but also see that it is run by a community that has a mindset with no real focus. Reinventing the wheal over and over and over again. Nothing wrong with doing so to learn or even share. But there should be one and only one officially supported and managed operating system for the home and business sector. The rest should only be considered results from personal development, enhancing code, features, creating new proposed software for the official version . personal use and sharing. And should be noted as such. Linking back to one officially managed standard Linux and package system. Linux could be so many more years ahead of Microsoft and OSX.

Linux is it’s own worst enemy. They think they are fighting a war against Microsoft. But the troops are only marching to drum beats of distro’s egos. So many chiefs. Microsoft is just laughing. How does Microsoft manage to sale products that are known to unstable over free products. Well its the only choice. Linux just has too……… many choices (really just pkg customization, custom names, and logos). But the average person doesn’t know that. And linux user will argue differently. But it is the same. Some better packaged then others. But the same nonetheless. None linux user think "which way do i go, which way do i go, ah yes Microsoft the choice is clear." Same thing applies for Game development Shops.

You might not agree with this scary thought ( I say scary because for some linux people its like tearing off their hearts) but what doesn’t grow eventually goes out of scope in life. Remember Eventually Microsoft, OSX will master each and every technology to great perfection. The effort of Linux will become nothing more then a college project and history knowledge. Your passions lives through the code past down and perfected, from one generation to another. Your code.

I hope the Linux community gets its act together. Or there is always PC-BSD (Free-BSD + user friendly). They are short on developers but they have one and one focus. Real centralize effort with infocies on quality all the way from the code. If I may say so.
I much rather on the deb side I much rather use Debian then any of the forks. mint, unbuntu,kubuntu,ubuntu ultimate addition,etc … Xandros, Knoppix etc… I tried ubuntu and loved it, I got curios so I tried debian. I didn’t see a difference, Other then the fact that debian is much more stable and the others are prepackaged. The difference is an illusion. Its just some logos here, name there,wall paper, prepackage so software, packaged choices of desktop, etc..

From the deb side I would go with Debian. On the rpm side I would go with Centos. Debian = Centos.

imho their should be only one official standard linux. Runned by some form consortium. If only the distros could put their ego aside.
I much rather on the deb side I much rather use Debian then any of the forks. mint, unbuntu,kubuntu,ubuntu ultimate addition,etc … Xandros, Knoppix etc… I tried ubuntu and loved it, I got curios so I tried debian. I didn’t see a difference, Other then the fact that debian is much more stable and the others are prepackaged. The difference is an illusion. Its just some logos here, name there,wall paper, prepackage so software, packaged choices of desktop, etc..

From the deb side I would go with Debian. On the rpm side I would go with Centos. Debian = Centos.

imho their should be only one official standard linux. Runned by some form consortium. If only the distros could put their ego aside.