Now whether this project is a good investment or not
"The funny thing is I haven't even come close since then," McGilberry said. "There must have been something special about that day."
So he's like Mark Buehrle?
The issue is, wind power is needs a lot of space to operate. And for aesthetic reasons, they need to be placed in fairly remote locations away from urban centers, which reduces efficiency.
As opposed to nuclear plants? They don't tend to get built in densely populated areas either.
(I agree with most of your points - I just think wind farms aren't alone with the NIMBY issues).
I work for a company that sells software (and support contracts for that software) for Linux (Red Hat RHEL and SuSE SLES). The user-space ABI is fairly stable. We build on two platforms RHEL 3 and RHEL 5 and run on five RHEL 3, 4, 5 and SuSE SLES 9 and 10.
Yes, the kernel driver interfaces change more frequently -- but that affects people who write device drivers, not user-space applications.
I'm fairly certain that the main reason there aren't more commercial applications on Linux is market share. All of the other reasons (e.g. ease of install, attitudes of the community) have fallen by the wayside as the Linux desktop and server experience have improved.