As long as Linux has primary functions requiring users to use a command line it will be confined to that 0.1% of the userbase who are enthusiasts who are prepared to use a command line. Normal users do not and will not use a command line, ever, end of. I want to see linux wipe out windows, but it will not do that as long as any of its primary functions require a command line. Yes, a command line is useful, but for enthusiasts only. There are hundreds of distros with command lines, all of them in fact. All we need is one without it and it'll take off. So the 99.9% of potential linux users should be barred from using it so that 0.1% can do their processing? How many people could learn to ride a bike without training wheels? If there were two types of bike, one with training wheels which could be removed later (windows) and one without training wheels (linux), which would be most popular? The one with training wheels, because only a tiny minority if people could learn to ride a bike without them. What planet is the author of that on? They have a fundamental problem. They do not realise that 99.9% of users (ie 'the majority') will never ever use a command line, full stop. They won't learn it you give them a manual, they won't learn it if you give them a half assed gui to try and break them into it. If windows and osx had never existed, pcs wouldn't exist either. The only computers around would be in specialist scientific labs. Normal human beings do not use command lines, in the same way that the earth is not flat. Its a simple and fundamental fact, you cannot change it. As long as linux requires the use of a command line to operate any of its major functions it will remain confined to the 0.1% of users who are enthusiasts, and as long as the developers think they can force mainstream users to use a command line linux has a very very very bleak future.