I remember hearing that when we entered as an as-yet unformed nation into the Revolutionary time frame that roughly the same percentage of people were against or indifferent. One third were actually wanting to emerge as an independent nation.
And, I also remember CP/M and the great freedom afforded by the segmenting of the operating system into the three parts (BDOS, CCP & BIOS for those who don't know). The best result being independence, though of a different sort. Not that we want to compare the tyranny of King George with IBM, DEC or Control Data. 😉
And, candidly, the whole Open Source movement has a huge component of individuals who are, ehrr.. 'independently minded' though sometimes that is taken to a decidedly unhealthy level. 🙂
MS SQL on *nix will succeed if it affords opportunity for any sort of clarity, efficiencies or makes technical sense. I have been somewhat pleasantly surprised that Microsoft has pivoted as strongly as they have towards open source. I have no illusions whatsoever about the notion that they, as a business, are attempting to keep themselves under the money spout but isn't that what we pretty much all do?
A lot of 'old timers' have done this for the joy of discovery but one still needs to pay their bills.
I hope it works and a lot of folks make a grand living as a result. I have spent most all of my career in the Intel/MSFT/DOS/Windows stack but I have always thought that *nix is a better operating system notwithstanding some of the goofiness I've seen. It is the progenitor to all of the above in so many ways.