I cry for Linux. Superb system. Ubuntu is a windows killer. Well sort of. After over 20 years Linux has failed miserably as a workstation/desktop. Not because it is a bad system but because software is poor. Simple tasks which can be covered by oodles of free software in -dare I say it - the Seattle monster - either do not exist or are comparativley kindergarten to the Win PhD. If it is desired to take on Windows and win then app authors are going to have to be as good, and give up the antiquated insistence on producing CLI only apps, of which there are too many. We are now one seventh of the way into the 21st Century and still being offered desktop apps without a GUI as standard !!!!!!!!!
Fax = completely sick joke. Hylafax is far too complicated and is rubbish to use - what desktop user needs complicated client-server setups
PDF editing - never mind Adobe, where are the equivalents to Filecenter, Paperport etc
CAD pitched at architecture - non-existent though the "normal" CAD is as good as any
Electronic CAD - sort of useable but not in the business world
CCTV systems - don't even mention Zoneminder. Never got it to work and other nix apps simply fail on cameras that Win eats for breakfast
WINE has been offered as an alternative but it frequently flops. Personally I save the trouble and for a few dollars use another drive with Windows on it. In fact why bother with virtual machines. Given the right hardware for another few dollars for a drive one can make a Hackintosh and have another superb nix system with even an even worse software library.
I have to keep Linux as a rescue system for when Windows turns into an F104 Starfighter - for those of you old enough to remember the most crashed plane in history outside of combat. Linux/OSX is good for surfing, reasonably secure, but the average user needs Windows to do anthing useful. A great pity but that is the situation. . Someone elsewhere questioned my sanity for wanting to use fax when email is available. Amazingly, but many organisations publish fax numbers but not departmental emails. I suppose I must also be stupid to be actually posting anything these days but I do find it difficult to email solid objects.
Been trying to escape Windows for years, but the alternatives just ain't up to the mark yet.