Bring on the nieces!
How will Linux win the OS wars? The nieces will start using it, that's how! And they're sweet, who can resist that? If pretty young girls and other cool kids like goths use Linux, it'll take over, except with the older "get off my lawn" set, many of whom don't use computers anyway.
Sorry, kind of in a weird mood today ... did one of you put cannabis in my breakfast flakes?
Seriously: nubcnubdo, I read that article. Some very good points. It looks like the PC platform is going to be around for a while, and if MS keeps putting horrible bloatware like Vista, people could be open to alternatives. Now that we're starting to get some traction with pre-installed Linux, things could start to go somewhere.
As much as I hate to admit it, Ubuntu seems well positioned as the distro to do this. I'm not an Ubuntu fan (for some not very objective reasons) but it seems pretty popular and a lot of people seem to like it. The name has quite a bit of recognition. I've even met some people who haven't heard of Linux but who have heard of Ubuntu. Go figure.