Did you read what I actually wrote?
@registerfail: "...you're wrong to suggest it stores all application settings in the home directory as, usually configs are in /etc, what it does store in the users home director is user specific settings..."
I actually wrote, "Linux always stores application settings ***for users*** under the user's personal home directory,.." (emphasis added), which would be "user specific settings". You're agreeing with me here. Please re-read.
@registerfail: "whilst you're also right that Windows maintains a lot of legacy concepts, very little original code is still there".
Which is exactly what I said - "Windows also maintains the "legacy" (in a bad sense) ***feature*** of labeled drives". I said nothing of "original code"; we were discussing the user interface. Again, please re-read.
"whilst you're right that Linux holds a far larger share, it's also still got a far smaller share than Symbian, which, ironically, it also a very well designed microkernel based OS"
OK. The discussion was Linux vs. Windows, not Symbian, but let's look at Symbian. Linux' share grew almost 600% last year, whilst Symbian's dropped by a third or so, and Nokia is working with Intel to migrate from Symbian to Linux starting with their most expensive (and highest profit margin) smartphones. This doesn't actually support your "Windows and Symbian have better architecture than Linux" argument either way (as market share != architecture quality), but it certainly doesn't instill much confidence in microkernels having a marketing advantage! (Disclaimer: I'm a huge MeeGo fan thus far, but I like Android as well. ;-)
" there are too many times the user has to end up at the CLI"
OK, please name them. Whilst using the CLI is sometimes more convenient (and Microsoft underscores its importance by emphasizing their PowerShell product for power users), I know many Linux users who have no idea what a CLI is. To be specific, I assert that there is no task a *normal* user would be expected to perform on Ubuntu that would require a CLI. Please name one that I've missed.
"people are jumping on the attack against any Linux criticism without seeming to actually have any valid points I thought I'd throw in my 2 pence- denying there are problems with something"
Well, first, an attack against an attack is usually called "a defense". :-D
Second, I seem to have had some valid points ***since you repeated several of them almost word for word*** in your post!
Third, I didn't "jump on the attack against any Linux criticism", but rather against *invalid* criticisms. One of yours, for example - "The driver issue" - is one that *I* stated in my post - "vendor support for games and ***certain peripherals***". So I find it roundly unfair of you to claim that I'm "denying there are problems with something" when I listed two in my *defense* of Linux! Geesh!
All in all, I think you need to re-read what I actually wrote and respond to that. Your post seems to have been written after a cursory skimming of my words, and doesn't address (or in many cases simply repeats) the points I actually raised. But I do appreciate the response, even if you do imply that I lied in stating that I am a senior systems analyst who works with Linux and Windows on a daily basis. ;-)