This is an interesting take on the whole Linux vs. proprietary software argument. Perhaps the reason that Linux isn't taken more seriously is because people think that Windows is free. Hell, its definitely ubiquitous, but if everyone had to pay the extra $200 or so to ensure it was loaded on their system, I think Linux would have a fairer shot at competing with Windows than it does. Maybe the way for Linux to truly succeed on the desktop is for Microsoft to work hard to cement their position on the desktop. Maybe, by giving them the DRM they want, Linux can finally crack the desktop market? Perhaps when Windows and proprietary software is perceived as no longer "free" we can see a shift in Linux "sales".