Last week, Michael Horowitz, writing his Defense Computing column for CNet makes the case that Linux -- specifically vanilla Ubuntu Linux -- is a more intuitive next step for Windows user than the Mac is. Using screenshots, he shows what a first-time Ubuntu Linux user would see and how it jibes with what a Windows user would expect.
"Introducing the Linux user interface" (July 8, 2008)
Good timing, too: Canonical, the for-profit business behind Ubuntu Linux, has announced a partnership with a software distributor to put boxed copies of the operating system in Best Buy stores. For about $20, you get the disk and manual. Admittedly, you could get the software for free online and there's plenty of online documentation, but for a lot of people, something in a box with a manual is going to see more real. (I'm only a little worried that the low price-point is going to make some people suspicious of the quality.)