IDC Proclaims Linux Is Now Mainstream II

A couple followup thoughts on this. The article does make one very good point that I forgot to mention. From the article (Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols talking):

And so does open source in 2005. No, you may not be running a Linux desktop at year's end. But I'm willing to bet that most of you will be running at least one open-source program on your desktop and that in the back-office you're going to be running open-source applications on Linux servers.
The revolution has arrived.

Yes! While I have been switching many “non-computer geeks” to Linux on the desktop, I recommend OpenOffice.org and Firefox (amongst some other apps) to everyone. I've yet to have someone come back to me with problems. Kudos. Also, on the topic of “mainstream”, the one time I can say I really felt that Linux was hitting the mainstream was when I saw it mentioned on the Chappelle show (which could not be less IT related). Went something like this:
“If they give you a Windows disk, tell them we only run Mac. If they give you a Mac disk, tell them we only run windows. IF they give you both, tell them we use linux. And if they give you all three, tell them the computers are down.”
I had to rewind my TiVo to make sure I heard it correctly. We're well on our way. As Steven said, The revolution has arrived.
–jeremy

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