That is arguable, and depends on what you want to use your box for.
Linux is perfect for those people that would rather join a microscopic faction of 'rebels' and only get 40% of the potential out of their system in return.
No, it doesn't. Any jackass can make programs for Windows; so? Open Source doesn't mean complete anarchy. There's always someone in charge of the project, who won't let the jackasses fuck up the program.
Linux was, is, and always will be two to three years behind any commercial Operating System simply because of it's single dividing feature, Open Source. True, it makes Linux completely free and open, but, at the same time it allows any jackass to add to it and make programs, and as well, it keeps the programs for it bugridden and in a perpetual state of beta.
Calling Linux programs "bug-ridden" is bullshit, they're not more buggy than other programs. What bugs in linux do you know? I bet not much. You just assume they're bug-ridden, because you managed to fuck up your Mandrake installation.
Slow? Obtrusive?.. Where did you get this stuff from?
Linux was, is, and always will be a pathetically slow and obtrusive Operating System designed by hypernerds for hypernerds.
I certainly don't; and I've found the Linux community in general more helpful than Windows community (and, often, than Windows help files :)). You were probably asking the wrong people :)
Join you? Why? You refuse to admit that your precious Operating System could ever be at fault. You refuse to help anyone new to Linux, you treat us like shit.
Neither is anyone saying that Linux is flawless. Linux has, admittedly, lots of flaws - steep learning curve and insufficient amount of commercial software (e.g. games) are some of them.
I'm not saying Linux is the best OS that could ever exist. I just like it more than Windows.
In general, if you want to use your computer as a home appliance - kinda like a toaster or a tv - then you're better of with Windows. Microsoft got all the money they have because they succeeded in turning a computer into a powerful toaster. Which is, of course, not a bad thing - I just don't like toasters. They are not my idea of fun. Not sure if that makes me a "hypernerd".
Your math sucks.
I'll just sit back with my regular system and enjoy my 80% better performance and having 6000% more software to choose from.
I'm enjoying every minute of my life, thank you :)
Enjoy your cult and enjoy your denial, enjoy your system that constantly needs to be updated and baby sat and enjoy your program crashes.
The system doesn't need to be baby sat - what about server machines that run linux, with almost no human intervention, for months and years? In comparison, Win95, and, IIRC, Win98 had a bug that didn't allow it to run for more than 40 days. Fnord, of course.
Blah, Linux sucks and so does Windows and so does any other OS. Linux just sucks less :)