I'll give PC Pro this: they give credit where credit is due. From the intro:
However, something rather extraordinary is happening in the Linux world. Amid all the distros that have come and gone over the years, one finally has the potential, the momentum and the commercial backing to at least challenge the Windows hegemony.
Ubuntu 10.04 is the most mature, user-friendly and feature-packed Linux desktop OS to date. From the Wubi installer – which installs the operating system with the ease of a regular Windows app – to the built-in music store, online backup service and comprehensive driver support, Ubuntu 10.04 has the unmistakable demeanour of a mainstream OS. It even looks nice.
The review compares entertainment and bundled apps, performance and mobility, drivers and compatibility, and suitability for business.
If you don't want to read the whole thing, I'll spoil the ending:
- Linux: 38/50
- Windows: 41/50
Windows just barely squeaks ahead, only 3 points ahead. The tone of the article's conclusion is very encouraging, as well:
Our overall scores show a narrow victory for Windows 7. Does that mean we urge you to remain firmly entrenched in the Windows camp? Most certainly not.
[..] And with a new version of Ubuntu never more than six months away, more new features are just around the corner.
Ubuntu is clearly an operating system on the rise. If we repeat this feature in a year’s time, will it have closed the gap? We wouldn’t bet against it.