I get where they're coming from trying to make the transition easier with a familiar UI, however can also see where it would start being problematic having people expect it to function exactly the same as Windows. Also, using trademarked images or software is a good way for the creator to set themselves up for a lawsuit. So, in a way I could see these distros being good for people wanting to try a Windows-like distro. Essentially, dipping their feet into a Linux environment. However, at the same time I could also see this ending up turning away the same people that it sought to bring to Linux, when they realize that it doesn't function the same and they get frustrated.Ultimately, I don't feel that these distros are necessary. As you said, there are plenty of distros out there that are aimed at making the transition from Windows to Linux as easy as possible, but not fooling the end user into thinking that they're on Windows. That way they get used to everything right out the door. If they're wanting something that looks close to Windows, Zorin and Linux Mint Cinnamon are probably the best ones to start off with. Elementary OS for those coming over from Mac. Can't recommend Ubuntu as the experience is very different out the door for the user, unless they're open to learning a new layout/workflow right off the bat. Manjaro is also getting there, although game-breaking bugs still come up every now and then which I don't think would contribute well to their impression. It's honestly becoming much further and in-between that these occur and honestly, I'd say the project is close to that status. Besides, it's also nice having hardware working right out the door. Overall, great review! I definitely have my reserves on this distro and feel like if Microsoft ever got word of it, it would go the way of Pear OS.
...but ACAD and other higher end specialized technical software runs fantastic in a well equipped virtual machine, no retraining required...
I ain't no helicopter papa. Sink or swim. I personally don't care for Windows themed distros, I think it discredits and takes away from what Linux truly can be, which is better than Windows.Putting someone into an environment that resembles "familiarity" only makes it more difficult for them to adapt and learn and creates unnecessary dependence on you.I find it MUCH easier to explain Linux to a newbie as like an Android device, don't even mention Windows. Describe the Software Center like Google Play Store. I say it's best to rip that band-aid crutch of an OS off as quickly as possible.Plus finding the right user to adopt a Linux OS is key too. Obviously someone who uses specialized niche software like AutoCAD or Professional Music/Video software isn't going to be able to take on Linux as their daily driver. However, someone who wants to surf the web and communicate with friends and family CAN learn, most of them just don't want to and give up before even trying. At least that's my experience over the past 7 years.
I think it teaches people to try to treat linux like windows and that's pretty dangerous.