Prefer if this didn't turn into a flame bait session. Right now, Windows rules the desktop. No sense denying it, it's just where the market is. My question is, why? What does Linux have to do to appeal to "Aunt Velma" and the rest of the average users out there? What's it missing, what's it doing that blocking the path? I'm going to kick it off with some of my own main gripes (keep in mind, I like Linux, a lot). #1: Ease of installing the Operating System: It's gotten WAY better over time, but it can still be a pain. Ubuntu is probably the class of the field right now, and even with it, I've had to get into some funkadelics to get it to install into certain laptops (ok, Laptops aren't fair, they're notorious for weird architecture and hardware, but hey, Windows usually never has any problems). #2: Ease of installing software: Let's face it, the "Aunt Velma's" of this world don't want to have to learn Synaptic Package Manager, drop to command line to use apt-get, or any of the other ways you install software in Linux. They certainly don't want to have to build even a simple one line Shell Script to launch a Java program. What they want to do is clicky the install icon and make rocket go. Yes, I know, this creates inherant security problems, but that's the way the consumer wants it to work. Deal with it. #3: Mount/Unmount: Get rid of it. 'Nuff said. What *Nix has Gotten Right Lately Office productivity. Open office, you've come a long way baby. Very little reason to use MS Office anymore. Browser/Email - Firefox and Thunderbird have crossed the threshold in cross platform utilities. They not only match, but, IMHO, outperform the MS products. I know the last two aren't directly related to *nix, but they definitely make the platform more palatable. Gnome/KDE: Both are proving to be highly usable desktop GUIs, usable by people who aren't really into computers. Now it's your turn Go ahead and insult my genetic heritage for dissing the *nix if you want, but that won't really get us anywhere. This is for both the people who currently love, and currently hate, and the one's who fall somewhere down the middle. What's good, what's broke, and where the heck should *nix go from here? I mean, aside from taking over the Palm OS market.