"Ten years later, Torvalds continues to release new
versions of Linux every few weeks, but he was wrong when he
predicted it would be just a hobby. The operating system has lured
countless programmers, spawned numerous start-ups, clawed its way
into the product lines of the biggest computer sellers, and won a
place in the center of the most entrenched computing company of
them all, IBM.
It's a rags-to-riches story, but in the next decade, Linux fans
will have to work to keep their momentum.
Among the hurdles: Microsoft has begun waging serious war and is
working to undermine Linux's legal foundation. And, many of the
companies trying to capitalize on Linux's popularity are struggling
to survive an economic downturn."