Christian Schaller has a well-reasoned response to MdI’s comments on the status of the GNU/Linux desktop. There are plenty of reasons why GNU/Linux is not on more desktops and monopoly/exclusive dealing is at the head of his list too. The other details are insignificant by comparison. Dell and others have no problem selling GNU/Linux desktops retail. Organizations large and small save a bundle migrating to GNU/Linux desktops. It’s not that hard. I found it much easier than struggling to keep that other OS running.
“I just think it is a lot slower slog to get there than we hoped for, and I do honestly feel that we have a much more compelling product to offer today than we did 10 years ago in comparison with Windows and MS Office. But the challenges in my bullet point list remain and overcoming them has been and will continue to be something we have to chip away at, one step at a time.”
see Christian Schaller, The challenges of Desktop Linux.