Scott McNealy was wrong. It isn't Linux that's a great way to get to the wrong answer. It's the Mac. But try telling it to the crowds thronging the new Apple retail outfit on Sydney's George Street at its opening.
No one argues with the design excellence and "insanely great" user experience afforded by the Mac. But that only justifies the adjective "great". It's still the wrong answer.
Please explain? Gladly.
Can someone explain to me why we should abandon a closed operating system on open hardware (Wintel) to go to a closed operating system on closed hardware (the Mac)? I would think the right direction is towards an open operating system on open hardware (Lintel). [Aside: Of course, the hardware side of the Lintel platform is "open" thanks only to the presence of AMD. One shudders to think of an untrammeled Intel monopoly.]
Folks, here's the right way to get to the right answer - Ubuntu Linux. With just one important missing feature (slated to be remedied in the next version), it is poised to be the best desktop operating system, bar none.
Don't agree? Watch this space.