I'm guessing, but I presume shipping with Linux is to cut down on Licensing costs ?. Makes sense. I will personally stick with MS, even if 98SE causes me various problems from time to time, and the fact that the latest games need XP to run.
Mind you, it would appear that Linux and it's variants are far more trusted than Microsoft for Web Servers, and Industrial Automation. You're more in the know that I CN, but I'm presuming that's a stability/security Issue ? I know it is stability for using QNX (Used in Automation system, and of course a variant of Linux).
Btw BC comes to us courtesy of a trusty old Linux Powered Apache Server. !