A real world Linux experiment?

There's a pretty interesting blog post at http://contentconsumer.wordpress.com/2008/04/27/is-ubuntu-useable-enough-for-my-girlfriend/.  I have not read through all of the comments yet (510 and counting).  After a brief scan of the main article, it occurs to me that the test would be interesting to run on a machine with Microsoft Windows Vista and on Mac with Apple OS X.  Of course each time you would have to find someone that isn't particularly educated on the operating system they are being tested on. 

Might be fun.  What do you think?  Maybe I should test my wife on my MacBook Pro to see what happens.  Maybe not.

Comments (4)

  1. Jordan says:

    The problem here is that the Ubuntu desktop is still light years from being totally user friendly.

    You cant expect a regular user to be able to nor want to open up a terminal window and type /flashplayer-installer tarballgizzer chmod -z -z-c -sd just to watch a youtube video.

    The community thats trying so hard to make Ubuntu mainstream needs to take a big step back, and a hard look at OSX (usability on top of a *nix shell)

    Until then, Windows and OSX will reign supreme in terms of simple usability.

  2. Keith Combs says:

    Yea, I agree.  Linux still has a way to go but they have made huge strides since I first used it in 1992.

  3. Brian says:

    I want to see a linux distro from Microsoft.  I would pay for that.

  4. Keith Combs says:

    When pigs fly!!!

    It’s funny, I was at the Microsoft Management Summit las week in Las Vegas.  We of course announced that our management products will soon manage non Microsoft products and operating systems.

    The funny part was that when I walked into the Expo area to do my booth duty after those announcements, there were little pink rubber pigs with wings all over the booth areas.  Very smart marketing.  It was a sight to see.

    So I grabbed one and stuck in in my shirt pocket as I handed our copies of the SCVMM 2008 beta which will manage Hyper-V and ESX.  Fun stuff.

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