Hope this is ok to post here since its from a 'rival' newsletter. Anyway, this is from Mike Elgan's newsletter. Microsoft Linux?LINUX IS GAINING MOMENTUM in the Intel server world. One by one, major markets are dumping Windows and embracing Linux. The higher education market -- at least on the research side -- is thoroughly penetrated by Linux. Suddenly, Microsoft's grip on the international government market is starting to weaken. Munich, Germany's third largest city, announced this week that the it would reformat 14,000 Windows servers and install Linux (courtesy of IBM). Other local governments and agencies in Germany and elsewhere have made similar moves. On Wednesday, the president of India, A P J Abdul Kalam, urged Indian IT professionals to drop Windows and use Linux. More than two dozen nations are reportedly thinking about banning Windows and requiring Linux on government-run computer systems. Why the government exodus? Three reasons. First, Linux is cheaper than Windows -- it's cheaper to buy, and customers feel unpressured to upgrade to the next version. In an age of recession and fiscal austerity, cheap is good. Second, Linux is considered by many to be more secure than Windows. And, finally, Linux has a populist, warm-and-fuzzy feel to it. Much of the code is written by freedom-loving volunteer developers, and not by faceless, money-grubbing capitalists in Redmond bunkers. At least that's the perception in some quarters. With anti-globalization and anti-Americanism rampant, governments score points with some citizens by thumbing their noses at Microsoft. When the corporate market falls, the game of dominance is over for the Redmond behemoth. No, I'm not arguing that Microsoft's server OSs will go away or even lose majority market share. I'm saying there's a real risk -- even a probability -- that market share numbers will decline radically as Linux numbers rise. (By the way, these trends prove what I've been saying for years: Microsoft never had a monopoly on OS software. It's always been too easy to switch.)So what's a software giant to do? Microsoft will cope with the problem the same way it always does: It will "embrace and replace." The company will come out with its own distribution of Linux within the next three years. (This prediction is not to be confused with the hoax web site http://www.mslinux.org/ , by the way.)Microsoft Linux will feature proprietary "enhancements" that make it better than other versions of Linux. This incompatibility on the one hand and feature superiority on the other will reproduce the current difficult choice between Linux and Windows Server. Microsoft Linux will either support Microsoft's line of server applications, or the company will come out with Back Office for Linux type products. Why will Microsoft do this? Unlike it's most hard-core competitors (Sun, Apple, etc.), Microsoft is not an ego-driven company. It's motivated purely by the making of money. Microsoft currently does not support Linux because its executives believe they'll make more money by not supporting it. Once they come to the inevitable conclusion that they'll maximize revenue and profit by supporting Linux, they'll do it. I'll bet they're already working on it. READ THIS ISSUE ON THE WEB : http://www.mikeslist.com/65.htm:End Mike's article:I find this idea interesting. It goes along the lines of "if you can't beat them, join them." The question is how will/would the Linux community embrace MS (or not embrace). The reason many seek out alternative to Windows is due to either a hatred or mistrust of MS (or** if you will). I am not very experienced in Linux yet but for those of you who are, would you trust MS with Linux? Another thought/question: IF MS entered the Linux arena and increased awareness of Linux to the general public, would that be good or bad?