Just read a blog by tronic (Linux is fragmented, and will never be BIG as MS because of the chaos it creates with all its live-cd's and distro's).
Guess he's wrong.
Linux is BIG now and strong just because of that diversity. Linux will be weak when one BIG Linux-corporation will "kill" all the other distro's and replace it with one flavour of pizza. I don't understand all the hate that linux/MS -users have for each other. I use MS and DSL (red hat/suse/mandrake/lycoris.... etc,. etc..) on my pc's and for now i do my banking/administration with MS. (because Linux will not do this for me, OR i am not clever enough to figure it out OR i am a busy parent who hasn't got the time to figure it out OR my family doesn't want to see a strange GUI on the desktop OR ........)
But i know this: When the time comes that DSL (or some other distro) can replace my MS (banking/administration) I will change the GUI/DESKTOP/THEME of linux into something that will look/feel/work very simular to MS. Because, let's face it. My wife and daughter want something familier on the desktop. I want something familier on the desktop.
REALLY , the only thing i want in MS that i find unique in linux is the fact that i can copy/paste with the scroll-wheel! I find myself very often trying to copy/paste in MS with the scroll-wheel... :-)
REALY, the only thing i want in MS is that i can take it with me on my usb-stick and boot ANY kind/type of PC with it.
REALLY, the only thing i want is the low-cpu useage and the wm-applications that i have runnning in DSL right now (i like stats/numbers :-) ) I know that there are lots of windows/sidebar applications for MS but the all eat a lot of cpu... :-(
REALLY, i like xplanet as my root-desktop (including again the low-cpu useage), i know that i can do this also in MS but i dare not )
REALLY, the only thing i like about linux is firefox V1.0 PRE
and it's tab-browsing/extra extensions/reload function/etc.. etc... (i know that FF is also available in MS but i have a java problem with it)
REALLY, the only thing i like about linux is it stable-ness/fast booting-ness, custumisable-ness