Linux has been around for about 28 years, and many of the Linux Faithful still hold out hope that their ‘Beloved’ Linux Distro will eventually replace Microsoft Windows on the Desktop/Laptop. During those 28 years Linux has never been able to master the ‘Basic Wheel Mouse’ and remains a mainly keyboard dependent OS. Some of these ANTIFA-ish Linux Faithful claim that Windows users are just “Sheeple” because of their preference of Windows OSes over Linux … one such ANTIFA-ish Linux Faithful user owns an old automobile that spends more time in the repair shop than on the road. Are you to be labeled a “Sheeple” because you want to get into your automobile, stick the key into the initiation and startup, place transmission into drive or 1rst, then simply step on the gas and go? Ya know – ‘Plug and Play’.

Does anyone know how many Linux Distros there are? I stopped counting after 2,000 of them, most of which are ‘Buggy’ at best, and others run by 1 or 2 developers who struggle to keep their Distro from dying, e.g. Namib GNU/Linux’s lone developer, Frédéric C. (AKA frederic2ec on his forum). Dig this:

In that ‘Forum Post’ frederic2ec states that – “I can’t update Namib because I’m blocked by a calamares bug which make the partitioning non functional on a non-clean hard drive…” Calamares is an installer framework for making some Distros easier to install; however, I have found it to be a ‘Buggy’ installer, especially when used by the Arch Linux based Distros like Namib and Manjaro. Debian Linux is another Distro than has problems with Calamares installer. Here’s a pic of Namib’s Front Page:

The Calamares Installer (easy to use!)” That’s exactly the problem I have found with a majority of Linux Desktop focused Distros – outright lies, or at best, false advertising. Many Distros are ‘Specialty’ focused, e.g. Kodachi Linux is privacy/security focused, so they have no need to push their usage as a Desktop OS. However, most Distros are on a ‘Shoestring Budget’ (e.g. Mint, Arch, Manjaro, Namib, etc) and lack any real support – support like Ubuntu Linux has. Ubuntu has plenty of financial and developer support, so it can cover Desktop/Laptop users, IoT, Cloud, Servers, and Container requirements. Ubuntu is the only Linux Distro I recommend 100% – I recommend some of the Ubuntu-based Distros, but not 100%. Ubuntu is also the closest Linux Distro to being a Plug and Play OS.

GEEK TO ME: Linux as a Windows alternative involves a steep learning curve

snip … For anyone who couldn’t tell, Eugene is asking about the plethora of recent columns dedicated to the topic of Microsoft declaring end-of-life for Windows 7 this coming January, and my advice on how to deal with it … snip … This is nothing personal, Eugene, so please don’t take it as an attack, but in your question you do what I typically see many Linux proponents do: you sing its praises where it shines, but you don’t talk about the downside. That downside is precisely why I don’t tend to recommend it as a general solution to the many people who read my column. In general, my readers are people who are used to the plug-and-play experience that Windows offers. Incredible amounts of highly complex things happen behind the scenes, generally with little or no user interaction, until something goes wrong. There isn’t much in-depth system knowledge required to get a Windows PC up and running. Not so with Linux. Configuring Linux involves a learning curve that is a significant investment of time and effort, which, in this Geek’s experience, not too many people are up to. Sure, there are User Groups, but it’s not like they offer telephone support, or 24/7 service. Those relationships must be cultivated and maintained before one can use them … snip … In addition to the more difficult start-up process, there is a vast difference in the availability of software for Linux systems vs. Windows systems. You are correct in saying that more and more are becoming available every day, but the same can be said for Windows products, and at a far greater rate; and that’s on top of the existing base of literally millions of programs that already exist. Another reason is availability of drivers. While some hardware vendors make Linux-compatible drivers available, others do not. It can be hit or miss for being able to run a new printer or scanner under Linux, while compatibility with Windows is a virtual certainty, because it is, after all, the de-facto standard operating system.

Jeff Werner states the obvious facts in his article – boiled down to “Linux involves a learning curve” that is akin to tinkering with your old broke down automobile in order to get it to start, finally giving up, and then having it towed to the repair shop once again. Desktop/Laptop OS users are not “Sheeple” if they want a simple Plug and Play OS.

Don’t want to spend the time to upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 10? Don’t want to spend the time to build a computer? Shop around – you have plenty of time so no need to rush, and great deals show up often, e.g. a small PC like Dell Inspiron Desktop w/ Intel Core i3-8100 for $319 at Amazon, or more power like this Dell Inspiron 3671 9th-Gen i7 8-Core PC w/ 512GB M.2 PCIe NVMe SSD & 16GB RAM for $1,000, or a Dell G5 Gaming Desktop w/ 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 9400, NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1660 Ti 6GB GDDR6, and 8GB RAM for $784. Those are just a few good deals. After you get that new computer with Windows 10 on it, then you can test Linux on that old Windows 7 in your spare time.

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Rule of Thumb – if you can’t install Ubuntu on it, then you can’t install any Linux Distro on it.