It's like you read 13 words and then stopped. I specifically pointed to an existing interface knockoff as not being the solution.
Consistency is lacking, which is one thing windows users expect. I said I don't care if it is windows or Mac style, as long as it is consistent.
Not just applications, but there are several desktop environments, and distros configure them differently. You're going to need one specific distro to point people to. Sure they can figure out knoppix, but do they stick with it? No, because of lots of reasons.
Commit to consistency, and users will feel more comfortable. Make it *function* like windows and people will *enjoy* a different look and feel.
If I can do Alt f w f and have a new folder, I'm happy. That doesn't work on server 2012, but it worked since at least windows 95. If it is a different combo, I can deal. But every application has its own rules, and I'm not re-learning how to use a computer.
That's what Microsoft does well, what apple used to do well, and what canonical nearly had till it shat all over itself. nd it's why users will not feel at home and stick with linux for the desktop.