I don't think that the adoption rates in US and Canada (probably similar)
have anything to do with patents.
There are a few linux installations in my area, but all the large users
are Windows. The only large site that may go linux on servers is the
local community college which currently is Novell. Talking to one IT
manager at a auto parts plant, he said you have to stay with the pack.
Back in the mid 80's I was shown an application from Europe that ran on
an Atari (I think, can't be sure) that did some graphics manipulation,
something far advanced compared to the stuff available for dos. OS/2 took
off in Europe compared to North America.
Maybe Europeans are more open to new and better ideas. The same pattern
seems to be repeating itself, and this time the levers remain in European
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