Software can be a lot more expensive to change out, for a business, than hardware. This is what gives the developers leverage. A switch to windows (the only reasonable software change you could talk about when drivers are being discussed) is simply not viable for custom business code. If you needed to spend 100k to migrate an application or 4k in new hardware, what would you choose?
At the consumer level, embedded linux is already done in longstanding internal forks against 2.4. They _don't_ have anything to offer the vanilla 2.6 tree. The drivers that they do have are often incomplete or shoddy and aren't available at all to PC users. There is no reason to worry about whether you will chase them off, because they don't contribute even in the binary sense.
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