to each his own, with certain reservations
Yaknow, this gent obviously needs a dose of his own medicine. He starts by telling us we shouldn't slam folks, then slams one of the biggest media icons that side of the Pecos, and I don't mean by waist size.
He does hit some valid points: Microsoft sells, because of its huge marketing budget. (So does Rush. He forgets that most of those fatcat PHB's are diehard conservative. Liberal talk radio doesn't sell, because its would-be market has no bank account. But I digress.) Our problem is to convince the dudes with the checkbooks that our way is in fact better.
You can't do that by saying "trust me, this will work" (which is essentially what yelling "LINUX R00LZ" is, just in a lower language form). What you do have to do is address the PHB's concerns, point by point. Remember, Wall Street likes predictability. They hate radical change, and have to have a real good reason for it.
I think the real strong point of Linux is lower total cost of ownership (TCO, in PHB-speak). When you balance out the higher cost of Linux admins vs. MSCE's with all the license fees, the fact that you don't have to upgrade your machines every year, and all the downtime that takes, and overtime for IS, both in terms of upgrades and in handling BSOD episodes, and the ease of maintenance from remote,
you can do some serious cost-cutting, in both personnel and capital. This gets their attention. Then there's the idea that we have competition in the support arena.... and one of the big players is a legend in computers in general... (here's the kicker:) Besides, nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.
One more thing.
"Some people have told me they don't think a fat penguin really embodies the grace of Linux, which just tells me they have never seen an angry penguin charging at them in excess of 100mph. They'd be a lot more careful about what they say if they had."