Times Online Says: Why Ubuntu excites me more than Windows or Macintosh: Hugo Rifkind
Link: Why Ubuntu excites me more than Windows or Macintosh - Times Online
The article is dated at April 28th so I am a little slow finding this.
However I don't think that Hugo has done the Ubuntu cause a lot of favours with this article.
This was an opportunity to present a well written article: An article which is not jokey in tone:
which would inform the novice Linux user of the benefits of using Linux without simply running down the opposition for the sake of it:
...But then came Windows Vista, the OS world’s answer to the Austin Allegro..
...I gather that Windows 7 is perfectly serviceable, but I wouldn’t go back. I wouldn’t see the point. It would be like moving into a generic hotel room, when you’re used to having your own house...
And don't tell your audience to go away just as you are trying to get them hooked at or near the start of the article:
...Obviously, it’d be nice if Apple would do something about that. Although I doubt they ever will. Because if they did, why would anybody ever buy a Mac?
And don't tell them to go away for a second time further into the article [or use language some might feel is too strong for the target audience]
...Ubuntu is an operating system. If you don’t know what one of those is, Google it, and then come back...
Still I suppose any publicity is good publicity and the way that I read this is that overall the tone is positive toward Linux/Ubuntu.
...Ubuntu is a Debian-based distribution of Linux. What does that mean? Buggered if I know. If you do, and you are feeling a powerful urge, already, to recommend a different version of Linux, then let me stop you right there. Is it easier to use? Is it prettier? No? Well, not interested. Move along...