So here is my question (OK, multiple questions). Do you think so many are drawn to Linux because it is free?
Or because it represents a freedom that likely means very little to most "casual" users?
Or, because it is open source and many that praise OS software will never learn to edit and/or compile the free source code?
Or, because they see a cool looking UI and this eye candy sucks them in; all the while forgetting about Windows desktop replacements/alternative shells. Or not knowing uber eye candy exists? This weekend I thought about downloading Conky because I use SysMetrix and it is cool as heck iffin' you like that sort of thing.
For example, WinStep, Talisman Desktop, Aston and naturally, Microsoft Bob; the finest shell ever created for Winders. If you want Windows eye candy, these shells will provide it in spades.
Not criticizing people's choices or reasons, but it seems to me that many people decide to use Linux will either give up because they are forced to earn a few new tricks or they are hating on Microsoft or they are clueless or some/many actually know a thing or two and their reasons for hunting penguins are valid.
I wanted to try something new. I have new clothes, a new apartment and I wanted a new OS. Especially since Microsoft stopped updating Microsoft Bob, dag nabbit.
I kid you not . . . here are actual screen shots of Bob. If you think surface is a "joke" what would we say today about Bob, if MS decided to release it today?
microsoft bob - Google Search