"Paris held its first Linux Expo around five years ago and the
hype then had Linux equalling or surpassing Windows on the desktop
within five years, recalls Bruce Tober, who wrote about several of
those Paris Expos. Linux is gaining significant ground, especially
in the business world, but that early and optimistic prediction has
clearly failed to bear fruit.
"So why has Linux failed to live up to the expectations of so
many industry insiders, including Jacques Le Marois, co-founder of
French Linux company MandrakeSoft...
"'Linux is facing a situation similar to that facing IBM's
competitors in the 1970s and '80s,' Jim McQuillan, founder and
project leader of the Linux Terminal Server Project (LTSP), told
The Register. 'Back then the iron-clad rule in business was the no
one ever got fired for buying IBM. Today it's a case of no one ever
gets the sack for buying Microsoft...'