In this massive set of articles, Kim Brebach explores the suitability of desktop Linux for ordinary computer users.
And part 1 is here with Xubuntu and Ubuntu
Part 3 has SimplyMEPIS
So, is Linux ready for the masses?
The answer is that Linux isn't but that some of the major distros are.
My top choice was Novell's SLED 10, with Mandriva 2007 a close second. Widescreen issues and lack of 3D effects aside, Ubuntu is the most popular choice and Open SUSE is right up there with it.
Xandros is a polished system for those who just want to get away from Windows.
And there's more Ubuntu and SimplyMEPIS in Part 6