I would say requires a "different" level of user knowledge. But I would also throw in: Have you seen Nokia's new flag-ship smart phone!? The n900 looks bad-a... The user interface is awesome and best of all, it runs a free and open source operating system. They are advertising it as a "Computer in the palm of your hand". One that begs at the iphone's single-tasking approach by offering a "true multi-tasking operating system like you would run on your desktop".
Lets be honest - linux requires a higher level of user knowhow when things go badly. You can't call tech support, press the magic restore button on your laptop or cry to your friends because most of them use windows or mac.
Well, when windows 7 is finally released, Linux will have been faster for quite some time. Moblin was booting in 5 seconds a long time ago. And I'm sure when windows 8 comes out in 3 years from now, Linux will have been faster than it for probably a year or more. Moblin's goal is a 2 second boot on netbooks.
Boot times are going to constantly go back and forth between the two os's - hopefully we hit a point where we say who cares if its a half second or a full second but that may be a few years away. The real issue for carpc front ends is going to be ease-of-use. Does the front end take 30 hours to configure or is it point and click? Thats something a few of the FE's out there are going to have to work on.
You are right. What was the original thread about anyway?
this isnt even about os's anyway, the point is with this technology there is no boot time wait, and that can help everyone- linux, windows or mac.