But Linux is difficult to use. Its the reason I have not done anything about this. Despite being an engineer, I am terrified of using a system that I have to "mount" a floppy drive. What other voodoo is there? I dare not experiment because if I break it I will lose email and web access, which is a disaster for a small business.
The 4-inch thick Sam's book on SUSE I bought will require me to take a 2 month sabbatical to figure out. I still cherish the Linux box because I can see it is closer and more in harmony with the actual hardware, which is what makes it so powerful. I plan on taking an old 486 and hacking on it so I can be less timid.
On the other hand, the Linux box has never crashed in two years-- never. I have had the old Netscape it runs go away but the OS is just fine. I think the entire hobbyist nature of Microsoft products can be summed up in the phrase: "Reboot for setting to take effect." It is Microsoft that is a hacked, thrown-together OS so they could beat everybody else to market.
Now it is an un-maintainable piece of corporate bloatware. Linux or Unix will predominate for webservers. Christ, win2k has so many memory leaks they recommend you reboot it every day as a server. Pathetic. And Microsoft bet the farm on win2k taking over the server market. Oh well. So now Microsoft has Linux crawling onto the desktops from the server side and the Palm OS crawling on from the handheld side. Good. Screw 'em. They deserve to get cut to ribbons in the crossfire of a two-front war.