Linux vs. Windows: Choice vs. Usability: Yes, yes, yes. The lack of standard operation with Linux GUIs (and — perhaps more importantly — individual Linux applications) is a huge barrier to desktop acceptance.
“The multiple-GUI problem illustrates a basic difference in Windows and Linux. Windows has one general GUI interface which has served many millions of people and works for many millions of different applications. The Mac…is similar; one general GUI works across all Mac applications. Why is Linux different?”
The commercial Linux distributions have already acknowledged the differences in their file systems with the United Linux consortium (although without Red Hat’s participation they’re in trouble). Why can’t they do the same with GUIs?