While I have a live dvd with Linux Mint on it I use it for rescue use only. When I first tried to use Linux I had a rather steep learning curve and while I did get over it I just found that in the end Windows fit my needs much better. My experience with looking things up and asking questions concerning Linux I ran into .. well a user base that was a bit less than friendly and rather hostile at times. Using a good book was much more help that the internet when it came to using it.
Just my experience ..
Lee, I am not so sure. There are beautiful Linux distros that would well work for 80% of the users. The problem is that there are too many different distros and the users get confused. If the Manufacturers could make a deal with one or two major Linux developement houses and concentrate on that, I am sure Linux could be a success.
There are many instances where Linux is a lot easier to use than Windows - e.g. installing or uninstalling programs or doing the updates. The perception that you need to run the command line in Linux all the time is wrong. I use the command line in Linux less than in Windows. Sometimes it is more convenient than using the UI, but that is a personal choice.
BunnyJ, There a two different type of Linux users. We have the old fashion type that like command line work and more business orientated and they dislike desktops and dislike Ubuntu varieties. That why the old timers use arch. There old timers think you need to learn Linux all by yourself. I have done my research. The newer crowd are people that like desktops guis and use sudo and are willing to help others. Windows 10 sister forum has a Linux section.
I am member of the Linux forum and the Mint forum. I always got help there when I needed it. The same on the Zorin forum. I do mostly Mint and I had less problem exploring all the facilities on that than I had when I initially started with Windows - which was Vista.
I now attend Linux workshops at my computer club where the real pro's gather. Admittedly those guys know a lot more than I know and they can do some fantastic things. But 99% of the time I do not really need all that stuff.
My main use of my virtual Mint is to operate on the internet - because it is supposed to be safer. Never had a crash and never had a virus. Whatever I download there I check with Virus Total on-line and then I know whether it is good or bad.
Honestly, I should learn more about Linux to be a true pro.. and I think I will.
IMO, that is because the GUI tools aren't "finished" to a high enough level (50%-60% in Linux vs 80%-90% in Windows).
That said, for Windows users, Linux GUIs should be easier to use than OS X, as they are very similar to Windows.
The Linux keyboard shortcuts are almost exactly the same as Windows shortcuts.
The OS X file manager is difficult to use.
How do you copy a file path or even work out where you are in the file system (in OS X)?
The keyboard shortcuts are horrible too (in OS X).
Just use the Command key instead of the Control key, except when it is actually the Control key or the Alt key that is required.
Don't get me started on the stupid disembodied menus or the horrible dock thing (in OS X).
Last edited by lehnerus2000; 07 Mar 2015 at 20:53. Reason: Clarification