“I think you get the first great, unique Linux desktop. Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a great desktop for hardcore Linux users. But, it is great for Linux newcomers.”
I don’t see that. I have introduced thousands of newbies of all ages to “old style” GNU/Linux desktops and newbies had no special problems. They were sufficiently familiar with that other OS that very little training was required. It’s a GUI. You poke around with the mouse and figure things out. Kids love that. Adults less so. How is a totally unintuitive desktop great for newbies? I don’t see being unique as a desirable property of a desktop OS. Newbies may or may not have some experience with a GUI. If they have experience, it is useless with Unity and all has to be relearned. Of course some of us love exploring but the vast majority just want to get the job done. Also, if the old guys don’t use Unity, how are they going to teach the newbies?
Maybe I am too old but change for the sake of change is not an improvement. There are hundreds of millions of GNU/Linux newbies who have been using XP for years. Why make migration to GNU/Linux more difficult? There are hundreds of millions of new PC owners coming on-stream shortly. Why separate them from us old guys?