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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I don't know if Linus Torvalds has nightmares about Linux turning into Windows but some people definitely do. Linux Doesn't Need to Look Like Windows has been a popular and oft-visited article about Vixta on reddit since last week. It had spurred about 100 comments going back and forth about the merit of Vixta's user interface design and whether Linux should look like Windows.
However, first things first. What's Vixta? I hear you ask. Its developers describe and define its goals like so:
Absolutely free, in every sense.
ABN - Absolutely No Config.
Familiar look and Feel.
It's possible to say all that about Ubuntu too so why the kerfuffle? Well, Vixta copies Windows Vista's start menu and the side bar. Actually, its whole look is pretty Vista-ish. Download a copy and check it out.