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What blocks Linux or FOSS is not features in the Desktop. The desktop in just a box,
a nice wrap around the applications.
Applications in Linux really suck compared to their windows counter parts sometimes.
Compare the amount of PDF readers who can do annotations in Windows and Linux.
People are trapped in windows to MS OFFICE, and sometimes the only way to move them,
is to offer a better alternative.
Although I use Linux and FreeBSD, I am really pissed off sometimes about the quality of
I think some of the options are rather silly and obscure the underlying issues. Still, if one groups them like this ...
more touchscreen control 10 votes
more effects and widgets 4 votes
more configuration 53 votes
more integrated apps 20 votes
MORE BLING 87 votes
more simplicity 51 votes
more traditional 64 votes
just a window manager 32 votes
commandline only 4 votes
LESS BLING 151 votes
other 10 votes
... it becomes obvious that a majority of voters prefer more simple and functional desktop environments over the infantile and distracting toy shops that KDE, Gnome and Unity are today. When one also considers the "more configuration" option to be a given for any user, there's actually a rather large majority for sane, sober, secular, rational and enlightened desktop environments.
(Sample taken Tue Dec 11 21:00:00 CET 2012)
Back in the days of Gnome 2.32, I was a happy Gnome user. When Unity and Gnome 3 happened, I turned into a "desktop drifter" of sorts with no permanent home. Upon discovering Xubuntu and Xfce, I was happy... but only for a short while; soon after installing Xubuntu I discovered the world of minimally-designed and lightweight window managers, and fell in love. I am now a happy user of CrunchBang Linux Waldorf (based on Debian Wheezy/testing) with Openbox.
I just f'ing want something that doesn't look like a f'ing tablet or a smart phone. It's a desktop ffs!