A Windows User Reviews Desktop Linux
No, not me 🙂 LXer.com posted a story (or a link to one) from a reviewer who had been heavily criticised for one of his reviews (story is here). One of the “talkback” entries was from a blogger who had a very similar experience. Now, I don’t want to go into a rant about how every time you have an opinion on Linux world+dog leap in and tell you how stupid you are. We’ve all seen it and it’s tiresome: Linux is a big boy now and no longer needs us all to leap to it’s defence. If there is a problem with Linux, acknowledge it, fix it and move on.
At this time of writing, the article is about 7 months old, but I thought it useful to link to it and discuss it because of the focus of the reviews and the eventual winner. First, some links:
So, what was the controversial method used? Well, the author, Devnet, asked his wife to review a handful of distros and let him know the scores based on her experiences. Which is, conciously or not, what we all do when we try out a distro. So she, Mrs Devnet a die-hard Windows user and Linux newbie, did this. From reading her reports I believe she was fair and open and knew what she wanted to see and what she wanted out of it. The only problem, for Linux users/advocates/rabid nutters, is that she had definite opinions and ideas.The eventual winner was a surprise to most and the overall “loser” an even bigger surprise. She chose PCLinuxOS as her favourite, for a number of reasons listed on the site (see the links). I found this interesting because at the moment, Ubuntu‘s star is on the rise and is touted as the distro for the new user.
I haven’t tried out PCLOS, so have no opinion on the distro itself, but if it is as good as Devnet and his wife say it is, then we may have a new contender for the “ultimate newbie distro” crown.