make sure you are laying the blame/s on the right door step though.
I am quite aware that there are more distributions based on UNIX than just the Linux Kernel operating systems. Why is there not a board for the BSD distributions? I've yet to see a mention of Plan9, Minix, Solaris or Open UNIX.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of tools that can be used on even a NT/Win partition.
Live CD distributions and flash embedded OS's can be used to rescue a NT/win partition without the user having to install software which would eventually- and often does- clog up the registry and drain the memory.
The computer is a machine and the operating system is a set of instructions which allow the machine to be used in various ways. UNIX and UNIX-variant programming allows the user to take this position. This is not a given, you have to point the user in the right direction. If you do not encourage this- learning and sharing knowledge- you are not a true supporter of Open Source.
In two years of using UNIX and UNIX-variants, I've gone from using Knoppix to Debian to Rehat/Fedora to FreeBSD and I'm starting on Plan9. In the prior four years of usinf NT/Win I was able to see through the GIF/BMP write protection on the kernel and eliminate some of the super hidden files.
Hmmm? two years to advance intot hree different branches or four years to attempt the basics of one?
I know my decision, I'm sticking with UNIX and UNIX-variants.
And if you've never worked with UNIX kernels then you won't have much say here.