Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
When migrating to Linux, some users find it easier if the desktop environment looked close enough to Windows. Why? Because the familiarity gives them enough comfort to click around and do something. It also gives them the feeling that it’s not going to be too different, at least when it comes to them using their computers. My mom and sister will kill me if I make them use Openbox or Ratpoison as their window managers, same thing goes if I installed Enlightenment or Windowmaker. They will end up feeling too weirded out by the experience.
At first there was wanting to make things look very familiar, like Windows…
Because it was just really easier to get to go back to old ways or stick with something that’s comfortable. Comfortable is good enough for some people. But you see, it really depends on several factors: