"Linux is an enigma. It has a loyal following. It's a robust
operating system. It's free. It's superior to both Windows and Mac
OS X on a variety of fronts. And in recent years, it has become
more user-friendly than ever before. It's a fantastic operating
system with a slew of distributions that would satisfy any
"And yet it's not even close to capturing a significant portion
of the market.
"But one of the operating system's most popular distributions--
Ubuntu--has the best chance of changing that. Unlike many of its
alternatives, it can appeal to the average consumer with limited
knowledge of the Linux environment. It's designed to be easier to
use than other Linux distributions. And thanks to Dell, it's
quickly gaining mass-market appeal."