Re: Report card far from accurate
> To say that Linux and open source
> applications deserve an "A" in
> every category is really far too
> generous. An "A" on a report
> card typically means that it goes
> "above and beyond" the minimal
> requirements for an assignment. This
> might imply that there is little room
> for improvement. On the contrary, I
> believe that Linux educational
> applications are just barely adequate.
> category a C+ or B-. The Linux desktop
> is a B+, about the same rating I'd give
> to Windows and Mac OS Classic. The
> server software, where Linux shines, is
> fairly mature so I'd give it an A-.
As much as I love Linux I very well must agree, especially with Linux as a desktop. While I don't have too much experience with MacOS X, I would certainly put its GUI at the top for desktops, with Windows not too far behind it (perhaps A, B respectively), and Mac Classic as the standard - C. Linux, in my opinion, still has a long way to go before it will be ready for the desktop, and while I wouldn't fail it, I'd give it no greater than a C-. There is a lot of uniformity in the system that needs to be made, as well as other things - like keyboard short-cuts - that need to be standardized and accessible easily. (Keyboard Shortcuts is one of Windows greatest advantages on the desktop.) But I guess what I'm looking at is more design. It certainly has its strengths. And to be honest, the Desktop is the only place where I see Linux as being below the rest of the industry.l
Just my 2 cents...
(Oh, and I'm not a teacher either...)l