re: Open Source: Why Are You Still Waiting?
I agree and disagree with the assessment by "rusman750" concerning open source. I agree that a lot of open source is not of great quality - so do not use it, but do use the good stuff that *is* available. As for the "average user", Ubuntu would be a great choice that works. I'm not sure what the average user needs beyond the LibreOffice suite of office tools, FireFox for web browsing, Thunderbird for E-mail, and perhaps VLC for playing media?
I started going sour on the Microsoft offerings when they started to dictate the periodic upgrades with their associate pain, both the pocket book cost, as well as learning the new stuff, which often did not seem to justify the cost (Windows ME anyone?). With Ubuntu, I can *control* when to upgrade. It didn't help that Quicken was committing the same sins - continual upgrades, and deprecating useful features, with little in the way of truly useful new things that justified the upgrade price - so now I'm using GNUcash on Ubuntu quite successfully.
So I see Linux moving from the "hobbyiest" stage to the first stages of more general use. It's going to be a long time for a switch - at least in the US- probably with both Linux and Windows intermixed, but I'm not going back to WIndows for personal use if I can help it!