Is Linux a desktop operating system?

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at
Mon May 23 22:08:25 UTC 2005

I was amused, and slightly irritated by a comment made on a programme on
the BBC this evening. A transcript of the piece can be found at

The bit that irritated me was:

"I believe that it still isn't time to call Linux a 'desktop' operating
system. It simply isn't as usable for everyone as Windows and OS X are. 

"It will be soon, but, for the time being at least, Click Online doesn't
think it is." 

I guess they've not used Ubuntu with the Gnome Desktop. From what I
gather from this list, we have quite a few newbies using this system and
they are all having a great time with it.

Comments anyone?

Tony Arnold, IT Security Coordinator, University of Manchester,
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