Originally Posted by Redmumba
Well, the Mac isn't quite as different unless I'm using it after not using one for a long time; its the readjustment. Linux just isn't as efficient for everyday tasks like browsing the internet, email, etc., and certainly not as proficient with games, although there are some surprisingly fun ones. Personally, the only time I ever find Linux to be the better choice is in server apps; you're right, its extremely stable and powerful, but I think a lot of people need to go out of their way to do things that they could do just as easily on WIndows, just for the benefit of saying they can.
The reason there's not a lot of consumer goods or compatibility with Linux is because nobody really uses it. Linux is largely a server application, not a consumer OS.
What you mean by 'efficient'? If you're saying that you need to perform more steps to do the same thing, which I think is what you meant, I disagree. It's the same, just did in a different way.
See, on Windows, I wait for it to boot, click on my name and type the password (I use a password). Then, I wait for it to load, turn the wireless card on (it connects automatically) and click on the firefox icon (quicklaunch). On Linux, I wait for the boot process, type my name and password, wait gnome to finish loading, turn the wireless card on (it connects automatically) and, finally, I click on the Firefox icon. The same for internet.
The same goes for webmail (hotmail and gmail). Can't tell about POP clients, never used. Office? Just different.
I,too, think you should not use Linux just to say you can, suffering just to tell others (people won't admire you only for that, believe me), beeing unconfortable with your own OS. I'm no masochist. I think you should in case you find it more stable, more customizable and, why not, free.
Do you realize how much some cities (administration) here are saving just to switch to Linux? Some cities are saving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, and they are switching not only on the servers, but also (and specially) on the 1000s of terminals that they have. Money well saved is money well spent...