"Linux has been called the poor man's Windows and the operating
system for geeks. But regardless of its nickname, the open-source
OS is slowly and steadily gaining steam on the desktop. It may not
topple the Microsoft empire anytime soon, but recent offerings
indicate that Linux distributors, hardware vendors, and developers
are dedicated to making Linux on the desktop a reality.
"Distributions such as Xandros, Sun's Java Desktop System, and
Lindows' Linspire are targeting new users interested in migrating
from Windows. They offer easy-to-use and install distributions as
well as inexpensive PCs preloaded with Linux, available at
retailers such as Wal-Mart..."