Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
The fear, uncertainty and doubt surrounding Linux is still immense and it's purely through lack of education. If only people could see what's happening in the community they might change their tune. Here's why the FUD is misplaced.
It's been written about a lot over the past year - that the operating system market is set to shift in the future. Different "experts" have estimated different timeframes for the shift and while I've not found a figure I agree with; I agree that the shift is coming but before that can happen - this overwhelmingly common feeling of FUD needs to be dispelled. I've been continually writing about how usable Linux is becoming and think that there's too many ill-founded concerns as to why Linux isn't ready for the big time.
#1 - It's hard to install
Since when? I'm an XP user and I've installed a load of different distros and all of them follow the same road. These days you boot into the LiveCD environment to give it a try without installing - there's then an option to install from that. Click that and it'll guide you through the installation process in a way that's no more complicated than XP. Your partitions are managed automatically, boot loaders are installed at your request (well, the installer prompts you with a [yes] [no] option). Where's the margin for error? Where's the difficulty? You click install. It installs and needs comparable levels of information to XP upon install (location, keyboard layout etc). Latest releases of Linux are not difficult to install - you don't need any computing experience to click "next" several times.
#2 - You need to use the command line (terminal) lots