I think the fact that Windows has a monopoly seems to help a lot.

Open Source can only get better and is often designed to work cross-platform. Unfortunately no one has the funds to really compete on the same level as Microsoft which has immense profits and a huge bank account with no debt.

IBM and Novell are the only ones that can really compete (perhaps Sun and Redhat stand a small chance)

I wonder what Redhat would do if they had $50bn in the bank? Would they make Linux even better and user friendly, or make their products proprietary and closed source?

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