Just thought I'd diverge the thread about eeePC's into one\nabout Linux. While Linux has been around for quite a while,\nuntil now it has pretty much been the domain of the\nexperimenter, or the business server.\n\nIt makes an excellent server operating system and has done\nso for some time.\n\nOn the desktop however it is a little more limited - it is\nonly in the last couple of years that it's capabilities and\nuser interface have really rivalled Windows, and although\nthere are Linux equivalents of a lot of software, there are\nstill a few common applications that it does not have an\nequivalent for. Despite huge advances, it still isn't quite\nas usable as it should/could be - for example, occasionally\nyou have to drop to the command line and use tar and make to\ninstall software, or vi to edit a config file.\n\nNow the eeePC has come along, and for the first time, there\nis a computer that appeals to the masses, and is selling\nvery well, that is pre-installed with Linux. Could this be\nthe catalyst that makes Linux hit the mainstream?\n\nThe eeePC will introduce a fairly large userbase to Linux.\nThis is likely to catch the eye of commercial developers who\ndon't want to miss their chance at the market, and so could\nspark an increase in the amount of commercial software\ndeveloped for the OS. I'm sure the eeePC would be outselling\nApple Mac's, so it is very conceivable that the market for\nLinux software will soon outstrip the market for Mac\nsoftware. Will we start to see software traditionally\nwritten for Win + Mac add Linux to the list, or replace Mac\nwith Linux? Microsoft Office for Linux perhaps? Adobe\nPhotoshop for Linux?\n\nLikewise will the hardware vendors start jumping more on\nboard, and include Linux drivers standard with their\nequipment rather than just Windows & Mac?\n\nThis comes at a time when Microsoft is struggling to\nconvince people of the virtues of Vista. Despite it being\nmore secure (and IME more reliable) than XP, many see it as\nbeing bloat-ware, incompatible, buggy etc and are reluctant\nto make the switch. As linux becomes more well known, as\nbeing a lean fast OS, and if it's application and hardware\ncompatibility base improves, it's quite conceivable that\nmore will make the switch.\n\nI very much doubt Linux will replace Windows as the most\nused OS, but quite conceivable that if it gains market share\nit will trigger Microsoft to lower the price of windows\nand/or modify it so that it stands out as a clear leader.\n\nCould be interesting times ahead.