The rapid rise of Ubuntu Linux tells an interesting story. You may find this article helpful in understanding this Linux phenomenon.The founder once paid $20 million and trained for a year to go into space. He was a debian developer in the early 1990’s, started Thawte in 1995 and sold it four years later for one half a billion.
After launching Ubuntu, the company shipped its 1 millionth CD within six months. Many people ask if this is another Linspire and the answer is definitely no. This is a mature Linux desktop, it’s free, they’ll ship you as many CD’s as you want for free and there’s no catch.