"Whenever I hear people discussing GNU/Linux's prospects for
becoming more popular, I'm reminded of a comment by Tommy Douglas,
the social democrat who became a hero for introducing universal
health care into Canada. If he could press a button and gain a
million voters who did not understand his policies, he said, then
he would not press that button. He meant that he was not in
politics simply to be elected, but to gain supporters for his
ideals--and that he was determined not to lose sight of his long
term goals while pursing short term ones.
"The comment resonates for me because, increasingly, in the rush
for market share, many people seem to lose sight of the fact that
the goal of GNU/Linux and free software is not popularity in
itself, but the wide acceptance of a set of ideals..."