I say that we are in Gandhicon3 because Microsoft is targeting the Linux community. In the first years of Linux, it was easy to ignore since the user base was so small. Then free software was mocked with "just for geeks" thinking. Ladies and Gentleman, the days of ignoring and mocking are over. If you do FLOSS, Microsoft is fighting for you to come to them.
Why should Microsoft care? Geeks have been on board with Linux for years now. Linux is 18 years old. It is time to introduce her to society: Your Linux is ready. The 80% that Nick is talking about have started to checkout the Linux and they like the maturity Linux brings. My mom bought this eeePC with Linux on ToysRUs's website for under $150. She now has zero desire to buy another Microsoft product. Until now, she has been computing with Microsoft operating systems since 1992 because that's what people did. If she isn't the 80%, I don't know who is.
oft started this year poorly.
In February 2009, Microsoft held and investors meeting and what you see here are leaked images of the PowerPoint slides. Mr. Steve Blamer stated "we're very focused in on both Apple as a competitor, and Linux as a competitor. I think the dynamic with Linux is changing somewhat." and "I assume we're going to see Android-based, Linux-based laptops, in addition to phones. We'll see Google more as a competitor in the desktop operating system business than we ever have before."
For more info see The OSWire andLinux Pro Magazine.