The companies have NIH syndromes or are scared of lawsuits if they use something made by the community. Most often they have both, that's why they struggle to do something "their own" and ruin it. Remember the first gen netbooks, when m$ forbid the OEMs to install winxp on them? Many came with a GNU system preinstalled - but it was mostly with very exotic distros (Linpus Linux Lite anybody? c'mon, its great, it only doesn't have X! No? How about an ancient version of Xandros with a so old kernel that it didn't have the drivers for the used hardware and only a root user set up?), and even if they used something good (MSI installed SUSE, the commercial SLED version) they completely blew the install&configuration (MSI Wind had /home on the same small partition as root, which had ~100 MB of free space, and the rest of the disk was a new partition mounted in /mnt that the default user didn't have write permissions!) - clearly showing that they left the install to be done by some morons that never even used GNU in their lives. It just looked as if somebody paid them to give GNU/Linux a bad name.Linux based operating systems have the potential to become the dominant Desktop/PC/Workstation OS, but every time someone puts money behind it, they blow it. All it would take is a beautiful pre-configured UI, and stringent UI guidelines for application developers. Every time it appears we're about to get this, we end up with a re-incarnation of the Office95 toolbar or a UI designed for a 4-8" personal-device forced onto our 27" screens.