About one-third of today's workforce has been using computers since childhood, Kerpan noted, and they are more comfortable moving from one computer interface to another than older workers may be. "They use cell phones, iPods, Xboxes and on and on," he said. "Each machine has a different interface, and they don't care. They just tear into them."
IBM's continued support of Linux will probably result in an increase in adoption, one way or the other.