Anyone trying to use Linux as an app has probably run into this more than once. I don't really know much about Debian. But when you have to spent hours hunting down 5 rpm's so that you can install one application there's no way in hell that anyone who's not a serious computer person would even consider Linux as an alternative.
An earlier post said cinerella was easy to install I only had to install an older version of libstdc. Well until every package is designed so that it can be downloaded and installed without any problems and extra-required packages Linux will not make the desktop or the mom top. It didn't mention any problems with that but I wonder what would happen if you tried to download cinerella on lindows. No firewall and root access is dangerous also. On a Mac you aren't even aloud to log into the desktop as root you can use the sudo command once you in. and root is disabled by default. If you want to install something it will simply ask you for your password. I like Linux and I think it's got a good future. The problem is that there are too many geeks that want to feel superior by having an OS that's too complex for most people.
The main hope is that lindows or red hat will charge more money. Develop proprietary interfaces and make Linux idiot proof. At that point Microsoft will become very frightened. There's nothing wrong with making money for writing software. " Its called having a job". Acting as a monopoly and forcing the industry is a bad thing " Microsoft RIAA ET all". This idea of software should be free, making money is bad, a chicken in every pot just doesn't work, " ask Lenin or Stalin. I have been using Linux ever since it came on ton floppies and there's no way that I would ever consider deploying it at the corporate level. Maybe for web print DNS and file server, but not on a desktop. Mac OS X has a solution they took BSD and found a way to make money at it. The BSD community prospered and got sufficient funds. IBM adopted Linux; it now has a possibility of wining back its share of the server community. I was finally so disgusted by the work and the problems involved with doing everyday tasks with Linux that I switched to Macs. When IBM makes powerpc64 chips for Mac the war will be won and apple will win. Finally if you're a geek that wants to enter a pissing match about how superior you are. Go get a Porsche like all the other identity crisis idiots (have you even contributed to the Linux community). So I say go lindows, forget about windows and follow the apple model it works. Charge money, customize your UI and start showing that " unlike my windows or my RedHat box, it just works" and you will break the Microsoft monopoly. At that point there will be an Msoffice for lindows.
So there's my two cents worth
-- Ideology and 1.25 will get you a cup of coffee