> Again, this stupid notion that OSX is perfect for the "average Joe", whatever that means. Now I have to even read it on LWN. I think that is utter BS. OSX is good in a few respects and falls short in many others.
I've managed Ubuntu (and Kubuntu) machines for my parents, and I also help my wife with an OSX laptop.
Apple gets a lot right but make no mistake, there are loads of serious inconvenient flaws in OSX. I am not talking about "oh, it's so much easier in Debian", but things that inconvenience my wife a lot while using the computer.
I think the reference comparison for OSX users is the WinXP they upgraded from. Also there is the buyer of an expensive gadget, say Apple laptop, (unconsciously) trying to justify the decision. That distorts perspective a lot.
Based on the experience of my parents using Ubuntu, I sincerely believe that Ubuntu beats OSX in usability in many aspects. However, even with a seasoned Linux husband to help, the number of 'deal breaker flaws' in Ubuntu was such that we ruled it out when replacing my wife's WinXP laptop.