If Linux and open-source developers in general want a good idea of a project to take cues from, there's one from Microsoft that is worth a long, hard look. No, not Vista -- in fact, it's not a desktop product at all, strictly speaking. It's Windows Home Server (WHS).
WHS has been earning praise from people who normally have few kind things to say about Windows or Microsoft in general.
If you ask me, one of the best ways Linux can try to make inroads to the desktop (and probably a great many other places besides) is by more explicitly complementing Windows instead of trying to outright eclipse it. WHS seems like a good model for one such project.
November 13, 2007