Ubuntu vs Vista
There is this interesting article comparing Ubuntu to Windows Vista at InformationWeek. It pits the two in on a number of aspects like installation, hardware support, etc. The funny thing is that the price Ubuntu (i.e. it being free) only gets a small mention right at the end. If the comparison of the two were changed to a value for money comparison, it would become totally absurd.
Of course, the fact that the two are being compared in such a manner, cost factor aside, says a lot about how far Linux on the desktop has come. The article remains very non-committal in its conclusion, but in a good way, this allows the reader to reflect on the option of whether to shell out much money for Vista, or get a fully-fledged operating system at no cost, with thousands of available free applications on top of that.
I’m betting many people will stick to Windows, because it is what they know, and Microsoft has a huge marketing machine to back its products. Linux on the desktop, however, is extremely close to being as user friendly as Windows (if not more so).