An interesting article on Slashdot pointing to an article at gadgetzone.com.au which points out what features Windows 7 must implement.
I'm obviously bias, but I think the author is picking out what he likes most about Linux? It's funny how a few years ago, Linux had to be more like Windows, but now, Windows needs to be more like Linux.
I starred the items I think is present in modern, friendly Linux now. The article goes into details about each item, so be sure to check it out.
20. Modularised OS* (The *nix philosophy. Do one thing, do it well.)
19. XP Virtual Machine
18. New UAC* (sudo)
17. Gaming Mode
16. Customised Install*
15. Productive GUI* (Gnome/KDE customizable and other desktops available)
14. All for One and One for All* (Ubuntu choices are clear)
12. Home User Licensing* (GPL)
11. Driver Availability* (arguable)
10. Standards Compliant Browser* (firefox)
9. Program Caching* (no need, Linux is efficient)
8. Microsoft Toolbox* (apt)
7. OS Restoration via imaging
6. Barebones Kernel* (Ubuntu JEOS)
5. 64bit only
4. Better out-of-box burning capabilities* (I haven't had issues)
3. Diagnostic Tools *
2. Faster Boot and Shutdown * (yep and less rebooting needed)
1. Simplify and manage startup items *