>But I am saying that I have seen companies do this. I and my friends have had contracts to support small companies running Linux, and we can do wonders remotely without a lot of effort.
So can Windows admins. Remoting works just fine for Windows (using RDP, TeamViewer, Gotomypc, RAdmin and a plethora of other technologies).
> You have also shouted down a person who runs their entire company on Linux.
I also run my entire company on Linux (and now also on Mac OS X). Not a big deal if you know what you're doing.
You don't seem to get it, but Windows doesn't actually require anybody who knows what they're doing. You can get acceptable results by using barely trained monkeys (aka MCSEs). Microsoft spend literally tens of billions of dollars to make it work good enough.
> But--- We weren't first in the mobile space, in the server space, or in the embedded space. In all of those spaces we faced similar problems with entrenched market leaders, but in all of those spaces Linux is becoming dominant.
Embedded devices usually do a single well-defined function and are designed by specialists who know what they're doing. Server side is actually similar - Linux wins in specialized markets (like webhosting) and in markets where qualified professionals are available (like Google infrastructure). But Windows servers rule the small-to-medium business market.
> By your exact same logic, Apple faces a hopeless task and should just go out of business, but they are actually gaining market share in the desktop/business environment. This actually helps Linux in these same environments because it does break the mindset that the windows way is the only way to do things.
Apple has its own small niche on desktop. They are content to remain in it. Their main growth engine is iDevices where they quite famously win because they try to keep things simple for end-users, even they don't have as much features and flexibility as competitors.