"From a purely technical perspective, there is little or no
reason why GNU/Linux-powered devices should cease to thrive. They
could even become a de facto choice in consumer appliances for
years to come. In turn, more broadly we might find desktop
deployments that consistently use GNU/Linux as the platform of
choice. However, the greater barriers to the GNU/Linux desktop are
"Linus Torvalds, the creator of the Linux kernel, keeps
insisting that Microsoft, by failing to compete based on technical
merits, resorts to fear, uncertainty and doubt
techniques--sometimes going as far as intimidation. More recently,
Torvalds said he was becoming concerned about what he described as
'external issues--especially patents...'"
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