I think both those that want desktop Linux to go mainstream and those that don't should all agree on one thing: It's not a good idea to pretend Linux is a viable OS for most non-techies today.


@norm I disagree. Desktop Linux is viable for everyone that can accomplish their computing tasks with ChromeOS, both in the sense that ChromeOS *is* a desktop Linux and in the sense that a conventional Linux desktop is just ChromeOS with some easily ignored extra options (like working local printer).

The group of people that desktop Linux is difficult for are "power users", who don't have deep technical understanding but *do* have very detailed rote training in specific proprietary apps.

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