Originally Posted by artem
You can always enjoy rock solid Linux by using LTS distros like RHEL or Debian stable/Ubuntu LTS.
That is really the only way something is going to take off... you have a company like RH or Canonical or Google put out a distribution and the big players (in hardware and software) pretty much target those distro versions and not worry about the 400 million other permutations of Linux out there. That's the only way that makes sense.
Even still... the kernel <-> closed source drivers issue is a mess (going to points 1 and 3).