Re: A Suggestion.........
So build it for them. It's not like they are going to install their own OS, now is it?
This isn’t sustainable or scalable though.
As long as the expectation is that everyone who tries to convert their friends to Linux needs to somehow work out all of their needs, plan the experience and attempt to build it for them is the exact reason why there aren’t many people using Linux on the desktop. Never mind the potential weeks/months/years of playing support hotline on top. There’s too much of an overhead still.
Developers of desktop-oriented Linux distributions need to do better. They need to make the experience smoother. They need to make it easier to get started with. They need to get some people with design experience who understand humans rather than just leaving programmers to try and build user interfaces (often badly). They need to provide better alternatives to the things that people use today. They then need to go even further by sprinkling some magic on top.
Have you ever noticed how Windows and macOS need comparatively little configuring up-front to be usable by the tech-illiterate? That’s not an accident. That’s the product of decades of user interface studies and research.
Linux on the desktop will get there one day if it gets that same attention. It’s just that today isn’t that day, and until then, it’s really no surprise that people will go and buy Macs and lean on the App Store instead.