ZDNet: Linux: GPL Impedes More Than It Helps

“Suppose I’m right: the mass media have largely abandoned their
enthusiasm for Linux as counter culture and withdrawn the push that
drove adoption in the 1997-2002 period. So what? by the time their
support waned, there were millions of highly successful installs,
hundreds of thousands of competent Linux people, and thousands of
high quality applications. With this base in place, why didn’t
growth continue to accelerate?

“True, some minor upgrades by Microsoft were being heralded as
revolutionary by their friends in the computer press, but these
didn’t actually amount to much…”