After reading this message board, I can't help but smile.
I remember when my first computer was a TRS-80 Color Computer 2. My friends had Ataris (man, those were great computers in their day) and Commodores. We typed programs in from magazines and marveled at the advantages my friends machines had all while demonstrating our own machines capabilities. Computing was constantly changing, innovative and fun.
Fast forward to the mid-90's. Most everybody was running Windows and those that weren't were running Macs. Yes, there were Unix machines out there but you only saw them at Universities or off in the corner of some server room if you were lucky. Apple was really sick and it looked like there would only be one kind of computer in the world. Computing was boring, stagnant and was Windows.
Fast forward to today. People are beginning to hear about Linux and Unix. The Mac has garnered more respect and admiration than it has in its entire history. Grumblings can now be heard from the Windows-using masses. I think we may be witnessing the beginning of a return to a previous era - back to the fun, diverse and innovative days of computing. Look at how many platforms were mentioned in this article and the messages posted - Linux, Solaris, BSD, Windows, OS X. If Windows should cede marketshare in the next few years, well watch out! I think innovation and computing in general will catch on fire again.
Here's to hoping the switching continues. Viva la resistance!