And I think that this is where the real wins will be made for open source - moving people across to open source applications on Windows.
At a church not so long ago I was able to move them onto OpenOffice.org to replace Microsoft Office that was available on just one PC. Now they have it installed on several PCs.
A mixture of Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird and Mozilla Suite are installed at work as standard.
How do you convert people to OS (if convert is the right word)? I've installed FireFox on every PC of ever person who would let me, but that's probably only about 10 computers. Any success stories?
I don't think that we necessarily will have to 'convert' everyone
to Linux. In a realistic world Windows has its place, and I am sure that there are things that Windows does very well and Linux does not as well and vice versa.
One of the joys of Open Source is the choice that it gives you. Considering that Windows is shipped with almost every desktop PC I think we should be encouraging application choice on the Windows platform, as well as platform choice.
I'm looking forward to Evolution being available on Windows - perhaps that may encourage more workers to use Evolution instead of Outlook. I can only hope that email servers such as Exchange and Oracle Collaboration Server carry on allowing access.
Feel free to flame me if necessary, but that is my opinion.