"Many of the comments emanating from LinuxWorld in San
Francisco at the end of August seem subdued, even depressed, as if
somehow the money is gone, the excitement is over, and only the
hopelessly loyal are left to fight on. That's nonsense, the future
of Unix, including Linux and FreeBSD among others, has never been
brighter with all of the needed technological pieces now in place
for a Unix takeover of most corporate computing.
That Unix is better, cheaper, faster, and more reliable than
Windows does not suffice as the basis for nation-wide
defenestration (the throwing out of Windows). For that to happen we
need a cultural change, a massive social movement in which non
technical people shift their allegiance from one set of ideas about
computing to another.
The emotional basis for that change, the anger and resentment
users feel about dealing with shoddy products, ever escalating
costs, and companies (or systems departments) that couldn't care
less about the customer, is solidly in place; but the alternative
vision, the set of ideas that crystallize the issues and
precipitate action, is not."