Using Windows-lookalikes to help users make the switch?
I was just browsing through the net and stumbled over something. This made me remember something else, and also gave me an idea to think about.
Would it maybe help users to switch from Windows to Linux if the system they switch to looks, more or less, like what they are used to?
This thought came to my mind when I came across Vixta.org, a distro that features a GUI that tries to resemble Windows Vista. What I remembered then was Linux XP Desktop, a distro that resembles Windows XP.
Maybe having a critical look at those distros, in terms of usability, user-friendliness, package-system, ... wouldn't hurt. And maybe it could be really be something for users that are really used to the looks of Windows.
I don't think we could actually use it to fool users into using Linux by presenting something that looks similar, sooner or later people would find out that something is funky with their system, but still I think that, at least for some users, it might be helpful if things look like they do in Windows.
What do you guys think? Would it be worth a critical look at those systems or would it just be a waste of time?