It is not only the browser war we are going to loose or we have lost so far. Having used Netscape for a long time and then used IE, to be honest, it was much more comfortable using IE not only because of the speed. I am running linux for several purposes (router, webserver, mailserver, faxserver, printserver, proxy) but my client still is Windows. The simple reason being is the browser and E-mail. That means the second big issue in this case is e-mail. There is no e-mail programm out there in the linux world which gets anywhere near the comfortability of Outlook (which I don't use) or PMail (which I use) as well as Microsoft has managed to introduce a product (IE) which fulfills most of todays requirements for surfing the internet. In e-mail there is a new hope coming up called evolution (but what use is it to the normal user if he has to run throug the installation of at least 6 libraries to get it working not counting the installation of a completely new gnome). My Point simply is that we are still too far away from a mass GUI system, but I don't think this will strike out Linux. There is and will be always the need for an alternative to what is the worst sh** on the market. It only will take a little bit longer than we all expected. Are we not a bit too impatient? Linux is not a bad copy of something which alreadey existed. It is not a little toolbox where all the tools were taken from different places and look like they were never meant to be in the same box. Linux is written from scratch (I know it is a UNIX clone but even though) to be something new and therefore we should give it a bit more time. Mozilla is big. That is why they called it MOZILLA :-)). Netscape is even bigger. That is why they are going to die. But it wouldn't be Linux if there wasn't somebody out there working on an alternative.
I am just an optimist. And that is what we all should be in this case.