"...There are documented cases of Linux systems being up and
running for three years. Linux users are very surprised if the
system ever locks or fails. Reliability is the key requirement for
any serious computing system, whether a server or a desktop. Linux
is also a true multitasking operating system. It's available for a
free download, and if you're patient, you can get free bug fixes.
And it offers freedom from Microsoft."
"For consumers to find Linux en masse, two things have to
happen. First, the tier one PC makers like Dell, Compaq and IBM
will offer Linux pre-installed as an operating system choice.
Second, it has to be visible at the store level, which is
difficult. Stores only have so much shelf space and they order
on the basis of volume of systems sold."
"In 1994, there were about 125,000 Linux users. In 1999, about
12 million. The estimate for Linux systems in 2000 is 20-25