bruce wrote....when speaking to someone else..... > you talk as a die hard guy who's drinking the koolaid... i already > said linux was/is great for some things.. however, it's not good for > the desktop at this time... You may want to consider the "IMHO" preface. Linux *is* my desktop system and it does what *I* need it to do. Are there areas that need improvement? Yes, and that will always be the case for any OS. So, I have no doubt that for some MS makes more sense. About the only thing I use my MS system for is to scan documents and convert them to PDF. Either I don't do that often enough to figure a once step process on Linux or I'm too lazy. > you can argue about linux being great.. but that the apps to run it > aren't.. that's a specious argument, but the bottom line is that i > still wouldn't put the desktop apps on linux and hand it to my > mother!! Sometimes I think it is too bad I live in Taiwan and my parents live in the US. Otherwise I would have turned them on to Linux quite some time ago. It would have avoided a recent occurrence where my mom's MS OS got so hosed and their frustration level got so high that their solution was to go out and buy her another PC.