This is a situation I've never understood. Why do people use Linux? Here are the two IT situations I've been in most: 1 - Hardcore-data center environment. People here don't mess around that often, most of them are mainframe operators and others are Unix engineers. I was the grunt who had to crawl around running cables and fixing hardware and resetting servers. Unix I don't officially know, but I understand the purpose of - basically a super-secure ultra-geek "don't f*** with me" type of operating system that's been around since the dawn of mankind. 2 - User-end tech work/troubleshooting. People on the other end of the PC who don't really know anything about computers and need a guiding hand. The most accessible OS for them to use and us to administer was always... let me restate that always Windows. Trying to explain a Linux command line over the phone or even in person was too much of a hassle. Trying to configure it on the server end when you have 4 or 5 rotating techs/admins using the machines was also a nightmare. The only solution is ever really Windows - a GUI people can see and commands they're at least usually familiar with since DOS and their home PCs. I never understood why people are fascinated by Linux. Yes, I know it improves on the weakness of both Windows and Unix, but it also sacrifices the strengths of each of them in return. It seems you get a "jack of all trades, master of none" effect when you use Linux. It seems geared towards the people who actually enjoy needless troubleshooting just for the sake of troubleshooting while always needing tweaking and updating. Case in point: 5 friends and I would play WoW back "in the day". 1 of us insisted on playing it using their Linux box. 1 of us was always trying to fix something on their computer while the rest of us were logged in and happily raiding away. Can you guess who that 1 person was? The only time I've seen Linux really be of any use is when I was given a ten year old paperweight that I needed to convert to a communal computer. It needed to be secure enough to not allow every Tom, Dick and Harry to alter it but visually easy enough to navigate and needed to support a network connection. Linux installed without a hitch... until people started calling for troubleshooting the simplest of tasks like checking e-mail or surfing the Web and I had to explain that it wasn't the programs they were used to on their home PC's. So even at its best, I still don't see why its gained the huge cult-like following it has... other than not being Microsoft!