Simplifying the web
I also agree that there are two many different standards for web, such as html, dhtml, xml, css, js, java, flash, etc.
There should be some better solution for it, something that will integrate all/most of these standards.
However- Making websites using simple htmls is not a practical idea at all. Ask a company what it prefers to have - a great looking, full of movies website, or a simple website ?
Most of the surfers use windows - thus most of them use or can use IE, so most people will prefer building a better looking sites.
I think that mozilla will be the future. Lots of people are working on (either coding or helping to find bugs), and if you follow its versions, it becomes better and better from a version to version, supporting 99% of the standards. The slowliness is the big disadvantage. but don't forget that these are just beta versions, the stable version will be out next year! Give it a chance :)
Ease of use
What I really like in Linux, is that even if it will become much easier to use in the future, for instance, GUI 'wizards' which will help people to install new hardware,
We will always be able to switch to the old-good-console, and do it in the old-good-way.
Countrary to this, Windows' GUIs are blocking the user from seeing what REALLY happens in his comp. that really sucks.
Anyway, what I said here is more related to Unix vs. Windows than to Linux vs. Windows, tough..