Times have changed.. Linux has gained user base in much number as much as the variety of it. Friends who have sneered at Linux are now trying out and enjoying the power free software. Ubuntu has taken it further - this is the worry free solution for email only grandma's - to give away thousands of hours of your IT support. You don't even have to buy them a new computer. Bringing it to the masses. People talk about $200 laptops now.
What is more, with a community as big as the whole world - you get the best software - virus free (well almost).
Internetling has a very nice picture to make this point - have a look
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