For all the woes suffered by Windows PC users, alternatives seldom get discussed. The assumption is that, with up to 95 percent of desktops running Windows, it’s better to try to fix what’s broke than to change horses altogether.
That attitude may be changing. In its December gift guide, Consumer Reports rated new Intel processors “unspectacular” and touted “59,940 reasons to reconsider Macs,” including Apple Computer’s increased support ratings at a time when satisfaction with desktop computers has declined dismally.
While Macs are getting more attention, another alternative ? Linux ? continues to be overlooked in Windows-dissatisfaction discussions. The reason: Reviewers typically don’t run Linux boxes.