"...Linux is doing just fine in the embedded and server markets.
The open source nature of Linux have made it very popular among
device makers, since it makes it easy and cheap to adopt it to
their device, instead of going through the process of getting
support from one of the OS makers. In the server market, Linux is
stronger than ever. The low cost combined with good performance has
made it a real force in the server market. SGI, IBM and other
server manufacturers have invested a lot of effort and money in
making Linux a good OS for high-end servers. But even though Linux
is a good server OS, it?s mostly the hardware companies, and not
the software companies that make money on it."
"The mainstream have not adopted Linux as fast as many
anticipated, and while there are many reasons for this, I think the
principal reason for this is the open source nature of Linux. This
might be hard for a lot of Linux fanatics to accept, but in my
opinion, almost all the other problems stem from the fact that it
is open source."
"The main problem regarding cracking the mainstream for Linux is
the unfriendly nature of the OS itself. I think 99% will agree me
with me when I say that this is a very important reason for the
lack of mainstream adoption. While some distributions of Linux have
become easier to use and install, it is still quite few steps
behind Microsoft in that department. And I think the main reason it
still is hard to use is the different needs the different
distributions have. While Corel probably would like more work
towards ease of use, there are other companies that are more
concerned about the server qualities of the OS. This means progress
is slow. Of course the different distributions can have various
install scripts, and in general work towards better ease of use,
but it is the same basic OS in all the different versions. This
means there are limits to what can be done."