[QUOTE=Xercus;2788529]The right time would be at the height of Microsoft force feeding Windows 10 on non-suspecting Windows 7/8 customers… Sadly, there really is no worthy opponent.
OS-X - Nope, it would mean jumping into the fire, proprietary hardware linked to software, store regime, low security (sorry iSheeps, it is correct) and more.
Linux - Too many forks (in the road) for that to happen. Linux is actually Linux’ worst enemy. If they start to unify and work together on one to three different blends it would go faster, but Linux seems to have to go through natural evolution and currently there are more versions than ever. In other words, it may never become a real contender, sadly.
Linux has been my hope for years, ever since Windows XP when it became clear Microsoft had an effective monopoly. Linux is in server rooms all over the world, but for client operating systems, it is an esoteric format still.[/QUOTE]
IMHO, all GNU/Linux needs to become a major commercial competitor to Windows is for on distro to get a huge amount of marketing money. If Debian, for example, were advertised on TV as often as Geico Insurance, Microsoft could find itself in real trouble. The fact that there are “too many” distros (in the opinions of people who are most definitely not me) wouldn’t matter: Debian would be the one people hear about, so that’s the direction they would gravitate towards. Lesser-known distros would continue to exist, but users who don’t know what to choose would choose Debian, and developers would prioritize Debian support.
Of course having GNU/Linux pre-installed on as many computers as possible would go a long way as well. I do believe that’s what made Windows so popular in the first place: toward the end of the DOS days, Microsoft went out of it’s way to have Windows 3.x pre-installed on as many computers as possible.