[quote author=noblestknight link=board=13;threadid=7163;start=0#msg66332 date=1054949420]
Linux may never become mainstream or the popular choice, but it will never die.
Linux has a chance to become mainstream, the problem is getting everyone to work towards that goal. You have the hardcore devolpers/users who are anti-mainstream with their non-conformist ideals. Then you have the enterprising folks who want to make money. In between, you have everyone else who just wants a stable OS that can be tweaked to no end.
The biggest hurdle for Linux is it's difficulty of use. Some flavors are easier to use while others are a nightmare. Your average computer user doesn't want to spend 2 hours compiling a program or entering commands into the terminal. They want easy packages that install with a click and put a nice little icon on the desktop. You mention the word compile to the average user and you'll get a 'huh?', after an explination, you'll get a 'screw that!'.
This is why Windows has dominated for so long, it's easy to use, compatible with most everything out there, plenty of software and you don't have to compile your programs in order to use them. We know that Windows is buggy, unstable, developed by a company born of greed hiding behind the guise of 'developing for the future'. That stuff doesn't matter to most, because they never delve below the surface. They only care if it will do what they want it to do and do it with out an over large amount of thought.
As for the SCO vs. IBM show down, we'll just have to wait and see how it turns out.