"Linux has attained a rare distinction among operating
systems: Through a combination of technology and culture, the Unix
clone has given Microsoft serious worries.
Linux hasn't come close to writing Microsoft Windows' obituary,
but in the 10 years since the operating system was born, it has
carved out a growing position where other operating systems have
fallen by the wayside or been relegated to niche status.
That success has stemmed from a variety of factors that came
together at the right time, analysts and Linux community members
say: a backlash against Microsoft, the growing power of Intel
computers, the excitement of a band of programmers able to work
together via the Internet, the flexibility of the operating system,
and the pragmatic approach and folksy personality of creator Linus