Yes. Good thing my first "OS" was the system basic of C-64...I can only talk about the ones I've tried to tell if it's harder or easier than Windows, that's why I mentioned Ubuntu specifically. I agree that they actually relate it because of familiarity, but in their minds it's "easier", because they are used to it.
Yes.That's a stupid move from them.
Cloud technology needs to address privacy concerns. A cloud storage needs to be implemented in a way that everything is encrypted automatically, so that even the servers don't have the keys, only the user does, and the keys need to be stored locally. The local app that connects to the cloud could automatically generate the key (open source, of course, so the user knows they can trust it) when the cloud account is created. If the user wants to add another device, they'd need to export the key and manually add it in to the other device, or there could be some automation mechanism for this, but it'd also need to be in the user's control and open source.I wonder what would this mean to cloud lovers. A few days before of the NSA-gate, I had an argument with a friend (two friends, actually, but the other one shared my view) who wanted the world to go completely to the cloud, I mean, process the most you can and storage on central servers owned by x company and having only thin clients on the market, and I told him that then he doesn't ever know what happens to his data. My other friend didn't even need the privacy argument, but instead the intellectual property one: if I'm doing research, I want my data to be safe within *my* hard drive, so information doesn't leak before I get to issue a patent for my discoveries. If your *all* of your data is in someone else's servers, they can take it, and you have no way to prove that it's *your* research in the first place.
For other cloud services, similar safeguards should be in place, so that all user data is saved in encrypted form, and all the local apps need to be open source so the user can be sure nothing unnecessary is sent to the servers.