I just had the following experience:
I sat down in front of my desktop computer which isn’t connected to the internet at the moment. My HTC Desire Android based phone told me it needed a recharge so I plugged it in to my computer for a bit using it’s USB cable. It popped up a menu of the different connection options, I selected USB Tethering which is the option to share the mobiles network with the computer. And within about 5 seconds I was on the internet with my Fedora 15 box.
Now I know people might be like “Yeah, so what” I do that all the time. But for me it just goes to show how the Linux Desktop Operating system has become seemlessly useable. I didn’t even think about needing a big download (Nokia OVI) or have to install HTC Sync software to get the drivers to work it just plugged in and worked.
I know us Linux users are now all having to get used to the new Gnome 3 or Ubuntu Unity paradigm. But pretty much most things just work now-a-days.
There are still some real annoyances like my embedded intel-hda sound card being unable to input sound without it sounding scratchy but hey I paid zero $ for my OS.