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You seem to have an unswerving faith in the contents of Wikipedia. I suggest buying a "dictionary" instead. You can get them in ebook form these days - Well, at least until Amazon figures out that they contain incest.
Uhm... There are no modded PS3s at this time.
Interestingly, these routers (specifically the WNR854T) when they die are not completely dead.
The symptom I have seen on both of the units I had is loss of functionality, followed by "dim" blinking lights.
This is caused in my case by the on-PCB 5v supply failing - It outputs about 4v. Since the 3.3v is derived from the 5v line, the CPU is also affected. It appears to be the SMPSU chip itsself that fails - Paralleling a working 5v supply onto the 5v line works.
Given the titular statement, why does Linux not win?
One of the main reasons that Windows remains popular is because it's well known and people are used to it.
In this case, I'm misstating the phrase. The realistic version would be "It's hard to compete with stolen". Many home users that I know assume Windows is a right. If a person in IT hasn't been asked by someone for a license key for Windows, I would consider that unusual.
Which makes Linux a poor third choice, which a majority of people wouldn't even consider if they knew it was available.
Nice way to empathize,
The life of a repo man is always intense.