Originally Posted by Jayhawk
Normal people wouldn't be caught dead using that crappy OS. Too many people I talk to feel that making the leap to Linux means that they have to become some sort of fanatic or join a cult. The face of Linux as portrayed by the extreme fans like you just isn't wining it much support. It comes across as hokey, uninformed or just raging against the machine (usually Microsoft). You guys need to get a real life!
As a professional in this direct field, I can say unequivocally that your assessment is ignorant. Anybody who depends exclusively on Windows for mission critical applications and services should be shot on sight. The fact is, organizations filled with people far smarted than you are rapidly embracing the virtualization capabilities of modern hardware to host both Linux and Windows on a single server. Furthermore, Windows is being relegated to a point solution, allowing Linux to service the workhorse, commodity data center functions like web serving, databse services, etc.
I'll agree that there isn't a viable enterprise Linux desktop yet (I've test-driven Novell's SLED 10, and I'm a Novell customer - it's not ready).
For what it's worth, I'm about to procure a MacBook Pro for myself as a proof-of-concept. If I can integrate it with our Novell infrastructure and develop a management solution for them, our company will switch. Anything that requires Windows can be hosted centrally and presented via Citrix ICA or MS RDP pretty convincingly. Any software company not developing toward the web exclusively had better begin developing toward OS X if they don't want to get left behind. Vista represents the first shot in the revolution. Up next, we gotta start over from scratch on this whole internet thing.