GNU is a software revolution that is open and free in every since of the word. The code (software) is open to anybody to download and/or modify as long as you share the modifications with others. This is an open concept like university research. Everybody benifeits from the colaboration of others. In a closed enviornment inovation and quality are stifiled.
Live free or die!
Windoze XP - $100-200
Windoze 2000 Pro - $180
Windoze 2000 server - $900 +
Windoze 2000 Advanced server - $1200+
Linux box set with documentation and official CDs - $20 - $70
Linux (any distro) - Free download
Due to these natures linux is best for productive, technical, work.
Linux is not meant for the "average Joe" that just wants to check his hotmail or someone that wants to see his friends over msn webcam.
However, because of the nature of most (all) linux distros developers have made many different kinds of apps and games available to linux.
A technical user that understands linux can do the same things you can do on windows (even run windows apps with wine).
People that don't understand linux, and have negative comments usually refer to linux distros as versions. They are used to microsoft windows having good and bad versions. Whilst linux is an os kernel developed by people in their free time and not a huge company that decides to release their software for free, with different sites for each version and lots of http and ftp downloads on .edu servers.
I COULDN'T INSTALL LINUX. WTF IS A KERNEL IMAGE, BARRE.I !??!?.
HMMMMM...I'M GOING TO FORUMS AND URBANDICTIONARY AND USE CAPITAL LETTERS AND SWEAR WORDS TO TELL EVERYONE HOW STUPID THE LINUX COMPANY IS.