My February piece on a survey claiming Linux is no tougher to manage than Windows was the 2nd most read item on this blog in 2006.
The item drew 7 trackbacks and numerous comments, concluding with one headlined "Still Laughing" that read in part, "WHY would you want to let non-techies play around with a mission critical piece of equipment? Unless of course you are one of these people that likes to charge for your plunders."
Good question, but the fact remains that non-techies still write most of the checks in the technical world. You may consider this unfortunate, even wrong, but so long as there are finance departments and pointy-headed bosses their views will matter.
I suspect, however, that this piece had real traction because it flies in the face of conventional wisdom, namely, that Linux is Unix, Unix is for geeks, and non-techies run Windows.
That is starting to change. How far it changes will be one of the key stories for 2007 and beyond.