I recently purchased a couple of managed switches for our small office and I discovered with horror I had to configure them with a good old VT100! Lets just say that in a futuristic IT environment, I have a hard time appreciating the tool.
As I am slowly learning PowerShell, I find it far superior to any Linux/UNIX shell (except for the terminal itself) I have been using; wouldn't it be great if it was available on network equipment? In other words: could Microsoft license for free the Windows kernel with some tools for use in such devices in a similar way as Microsoft supports the .NET Micro Framework?
This might sound a little utopic, but in a world where Microsoft has to compete more and more with open and free software this would also have the advantage of letting people play with the OS and expand it further. It is undeniable that the availability of the Linux kernel is one of the main reasons it is so widely spread today and it is easy to find people with good expertise on it.
Alternatively, would it be possible to port some of the tools like PowerShell to Linux? This would not have the advantage of spreading the OS, but it would probably be a good compromise to introduce people to the tool...