"On the face of it, the free software desktop should be an easy
choice. The average GNU/Linux desktop costs little, looks good and
performs well, and offers a real opportunity to break the upgrade
cycle. Cost, security, scalability and versatility are persuasive
arguments for the free desktop, but other factors have worked
against the uptake of Linux at the corporate level.
"Inertia among users is usually given as the reason and users
are made to take the blame, but perhaps there are simpler
explanations. The desktop has been left in the hands of the Linux
companies, and the Linux companies are many and small. Many have
come with grand ambitions and some with high ideals, but few have
stayed the course."