Just my 2 cents on Linux getting there fast & taking over the world:
I just installed a SuSE box (the new 8 release) and the installation procedure is officially easier than Windows. Go try it for yourself. It's pie.
The interface is, in fact, as user-friendly as Windows.
The cost is a laugh, and I'm not only referring to licensing. The box I'm using is a slammed together upgraded PC that performs better than a state-of-the-art server we run @ work on 2000, that cost them 6 times more.
Microsoft is in deep brown with their new licensing policy and the phones aren't stopping at our local Linux business partner. (The same goes for other vendor products, I've heard even Lotus SmartSuite is making a bit of a come-back because it's so much cheaper than Office).
Maybe Microsoft got some things right but a monopoly can never last forever. If there's money to be made from something, you bet someone will start competing with a better prize and product at some stage (ESPECIALLY if the monopoly's product and prize is, well, frankly, damn lousy at times).
So I dare you that are still running your PC's and webservers on MS to just take the plunge and try out the alternative. And keep us posted.
[ August 22, 2002: Message edited by: Adi du Toit ]