"So what about good old fashioned capitalist survival of the
fittest and all that? What will drive Linux to improve? At the
enterprise level, the obvious answer is Microsoft. Yes, Microsoft
is the friend of Linux: It provides competition, something Soviet
manufacturers didn't have. In the server room, enterprises can
choose between UNIX, Linux and Windows, and Linux as a whole will
flourish only if those responsible for it make sure that it is a
more attractive proposition than the other two.
"The reason Soviet manufacturers delivered such rubbish was
because they collaborated instead of competing. What may lead to
Microsoft's demise is that it could end up being too small to
compete with the seemingly endless supply of developer talent
willing to contribute to Linux for free."