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It maybe that I got used to it but I find it very comfortable to use in everyday work (documents, mail, graphics). For development I use Visual Studio running in VirtualBox using seamless window, so I do not feel Windows at all...
I'm not questioning your powers of observation; I'm merely remarking upon the paradox of asking a masked man who he is. (V)
I tried Ubuntu at home awhile back. Got everything installed and updated and then popped a movie DVD in the drive. It wouldn't play it. After some searching I found out you had to open a root shell and do some stuff in there to get a special package to support that. For me it was no big deal, but it made it clear why Linux has not yet taken over the desktop for the general user
Every previous iteration of Ubuntu has caused me grief eventually,
I've found their desktop to be klunky. What's new in 14.04? I guess I'll take a gander.
At the end of the day, everything I do in *nix ends up being done in a terminal window. Or in RubyMine under Windows. There are just so many little things about Windows that you come to appreciate when dealing with somebody else's half-baked desktop.