Philadelphia Inquirer: An unlikely source could provide competition to Microsoft Windows

“The one operating system that in the minds of many shows the
greatest promise of loosening Microsoft’s stranglehold seems on the
surface to be the least able competitor.”

“As ‘freeware,’ it is shared for free over the Internet, with
programmers from around the world donating their time to improve
the product and find and fix bugs.”

“Having grown by 212 percent last year, Linux now controls
nearly 20 percent of the commercial server market. If you factor in
the free versions of Linux that are routinely downloaded off the
Internet, these market-share figures would be even higher.”

“Some of this growth stems from anti-Microsoft sentiment, but
much is due to the stability and performance of Linux itself.”