"First, it's helpful to remember that we are dealing
with at least three separate markets when it comes to Linux vs the
proprietary competition. Those would be the server, embedded and
desktop markets. Taking them in reverse order, please allow me to
pontificate on the relative strengths and weaknesses of Linux in
these market segments.
"Desktop dominance has hovered like a shimmering mirage in front
of Linux enthusiasts, and some Linux companies for years. The
massive failure of Vista gave people lots of hope that the day of
desktop dominance had finally arrived. But the fact is that Linux
gained a minuscule amount of share in this market over the years
since Vista's release. Apple benefited more, but Macintosh is still
below 10% share. Why is that?"