Linux in the Mainstream: Why Does It Matter?

"Linux is an excellent alternative to Windows and, as a Unix flavor technology, competitive with other Unix offerings," Slashdot blogger yagu told LinuxInsider. "It's not for everyone, but unfortunately large numbers of users for whom Linux would be perfect don't even know what Linux is," he said.

Ah, Spring. It's the time of rebirth, renewal and hope, and it's almost here!

Too bad, then, that so many hopes were dashed last week when Wal-Mart (NYSE: WMT) announced it was pulling the Linux-driven Everex Green gPC from its retail store shelves. That PC's original inclusion at Wal-Mart created enormous excitement throughout the Linux world -- it was taken by many as concrete evidence that Linux had finally arrived -- so this latest news came as something of a crushing disappointment to many.