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Using Windows-lookalikes to help users make the switch?

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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?

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I wouldn't write them off,

I wouldn't write them off, they have their place and might suit some users better so I suppose I don't have any issue with giving them some consideration, although as far as I know those kinds of distros usually put quite a bit of non-free software by default.

But for the long term I think just sticking to our guns, so to speak, and offering an unique OS as something better might be the winning approach.

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Well, I don't want to adopt

Well, I don't want to adopt them as my "default recommendation", but they might be worth considering to be recommended to users that don't like to switch because "everything looks so different".

I am quite sure they might include non-free stuff, like MP3- and DVD-support and the likes, but that is also the case with the majority of distros out there, and for a user who's new to Linux probably even the better choice than going with a fully free distro like Fedora, where they suddenly have the problem that they cannot watch their DVDs or enjoy their MP3-collection anymore.

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They could also distribute

They could also distribute Vista/XP lookalikes as "pirated" Window copies on P2P/torrent networks. ^^

Oh look, the new IE7 has a Firefox logo! xD

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Haha, poor souls.

Haha, poor souls. Laughing out loud

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