Today I was rather impressed by Linux. As a long time user (over 6 years without MacOS/Windows!), I didn't need convincing that Linux is a great operating system, but today I think I convinced someone else.
Someone came over this morning to ask my roommate to mount his keychain memory device and print something for him. Windows XP couldn't detect the device (and my roommate didn't have a printer!), so I asked the visitor to plug his keychain into my computer. I ran modprobe usb-storage, mounted the device, opened his Word document in OpenOffice, and printed it off on my USB laser printer. It worked perfectly. The person only noticed it was Linux while I was typing commands -- "Oh you use Linux?". I think he was impressed, because I sure was.
Linux _is_ ready for the Desktop... today more so than WinXP