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> They have a great selection of software

The Debian repositories are great, but don't kid yourself: unless you're a developer, it's very likely that there are at least a handful of mission-critical apps missing from the Linux ecosystem.

You Missed my point. I wasn't comparing the Linux ecosystem to Apple ecosystem. The Debian repo and Ubuntu software center is a fairly good source for 90% of the popular great apps available within the linux ecosystem. It is as or almost as secure, easily accessible and user-friendly as the Apple App Store, while at the same time giving the user full freedom to do what he wants. The Apple system takes away the user's freedom to achieve the same(the 'Orwellian tyranny' part)

Can I get an example? I am considering moving some family to Linux and I couldn't find anything they would be missing upon a cursory glance.

I used to re-install windows to my family like once a year, but then I refused to doing it anymore but I offered to install ubuntu on their machines. It's being like 4 years so far and they hardly need any maintenance from me.

IMOE the main issue are software-suites

Cad and 3D: my dad is really used to windows, and learning the linux environment was an easy step for him. He could never do the switch to open source cad alternatives. We tried using wine, but for performance we ended up keeping windows as a 2nd bootable for him to draw.

Photoshop, and Corel: I installed ubuntu to a friend who works as graphical designer. She is currently using gimp, and inkscape but she had a hard time making the switch.

Games: my son really was the most resilient to the change. He played every blizzard game, and since there aren't (wasn't ?) linux support it was a big non-stop for him. Then he moved to minecraft, and that made him reconsider the switch. He's been using linux for about 2 years already -- no windows partition at all

In my experience Blizzard games has worked fine with wine. Did you try running the games with wine?

we did, but the performance wasn't good enough for playing. even modern games played better than older ones.

Get an off the shelf GPS watch from Garmin or TomTom. The bundled software doesn't do Linux and apt has nothing much..

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