We are arguing the same point. I used Mac OS X as an example of a pre-installed - ready to use - system, and pointed out that despite it's alleged "user-friendliness" it also suffers from the same problems as other systems. I never made the claim that Mac OS X was the "most user friendly system" as you seem to have interpreted it - I said: "Mac OS X is supposed to be one of the most user friendly systems!" The keyword here is "supposed".
The stuff I mentioned was "nothing special" - that's the point exactly - but it's these "nothing special" kind of stuff which take up so much time to get configured. Time, is the point here. Time spent installing and configuring a system. Any system.
It may be Windows, Linux or Mac or any other system, it doesn't matter. Whatever it is you are installing, you better be prepared to spend a lot of time tweaking. And you also risk slowing down your productivity during the "getting used to" period as you learn your new tools. Something as trivial as a switch from MS Office to Open Office might cost you several hours of precious time just to figure out how to get a friggin margin the way you are used to or a specifying a table of contents. As this is my last year in college - I don't have hours to spend on that kind of stuff. If I'd install Ubuntu now, I may miss a deadline next week. The risk may be small, but I'm not prepared to take that risk. That is what my first post was trying to say.
Off topic: I'm not sure what makes you assume that users are not allowed to install drivers under Mac OS X? As far as drivers for printers goes - I allways uncheck the printer drivers package when I do a Mac OS X install, saves me Gigabytes of storage space. If I buy a new piece of hardware - I just download the drivers off the net or use the discs that came with the hardware.
Actually, you don't have to try it right now... But, if you haven't already knew, there's an Ubuntu installer out there that lets you install and uninstall in the matter of just adding and removing a program.... It's called wubi
I understand your point... although it can be true to a lot of stuffs out there.
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